Mario Unclogged: Christmas Eve Recipe

Mario Unclogged: Christmas Eve Recipe

Christmas Eve this year is the Feast of the Two Fishes. We are doing my linguine with clams, hot chiles, and pancetta, but I'm subbing my dad's "mole" salami for pancetta to give it a deeper spice component. The main course will be super jumbo stone crab claws from Joe's—yes, served with their mustard sauce—a green salad, and some Guido's garlic bread.

Desserts will be espresso drops and coconut balls (first step, find the coconut's legs) both from Martha Stewart's magazine Everyday Food because my kids find it very accessible and there is a photo for every cookie. I will make a version of Gina DePalma's chocolate hazelnut kisses, and we will surrender early to a deep mug of hot buttered rum from my mom's recipe file, which I'm sharing with you in this post here.


  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 shots Haitian rum


  1. 1.

    Cream the brown sugar and butter.

  2. 2.

    Mix in the beaten egg, nutmeg, vanilla, and allspice. (This will keep in the fridge for a week.)

  3. 3.

    Place a large tablespoon of the butter mixture in a tall cup, add 2 shots high-quality Haitian rum, and fill with boiling water.

  4. 4.