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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Junior Gotti reveals plans for Christmas day family meal

John Gotti Jr. cooks with the fishes.

The son of the late Dapper Don broke omerta and gave The Post a sneak preview of the spicy seafood stew he will serve Christmas Day at the Gotti manse in Oyster Bay, LI.

The Domestic Don, decked out in a red turtleneck, Christmas apron and signature Adidas track suit, whipped up the tasty dish Wednesday night in the kitchen of Saggio’s restaurant in East Norwich.

The key ingredients: calamari (squid), extra large shrimp, little neck clams, olive oil, garlic, parsley, white wine, black and red pepper.

“The shrimp, the calamari and the clams are all cooked separately. You do the calamari first because it takes the longest to make,” Gotti instructed.

“Then you are gonna make the shrimps next. Then the clams. Then … you’re going to marry them all together.”

It’s a meal made for a made man.

Gotti got the recipe after good friend Angelo Noviello made him the dish just after Gotti got out of prison in 2009. He makes male and female versions.
“If I’m making this for my sister Angel, who likes seafood … I add butter. Butter adds a sweetness to it. [But] Italian men like hard stuff. We like the hard garlic. The black pepper, the red pepper. We like the olive oil.”

Gotti said the secret ingredient is the red pepper.

“I like it flame-throwing hot,” he said. “I like the flames flying out my ass!”

In Italian households, Dec. 24 is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. So seven fish dishes is “mandatory,” Gotti said. “My mother enforces that rule.”

After all the eating and partying on Christmas Eve, “By Christmas Day, nobody wants to be bothered anymore. Everybody’s had enough, they’re tired,” Gotti said. Which is why it’s the perfect time for his delicious, but simple, seafood stew. The rest is pot luck.

“My father-in-law makes the lasagna, my wife makes the red sauce,” he said. “My sister Angel makes the ham. [Longtime family friend] Deborah Davis, she makes the turkey and the macaroni and cheese.”

On top of all that, there’s Chinese takeout.

“Everybody shows up with something. It’s a lot of food. We make enough food for 200 people,” Gotti said. “And I’m not kidding.”

Gotti said he will start serving food around 5 p.m. to the 60 or so family members and close friends who stop by. When people start to drift off around 10 p.m., Gotti will organize a card game of Continental that often lasts until the next morning.

Gotti said his seafood stew — unlike revenge — is best served warm.


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