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Salmon for 70

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We are having a huge party next Saturday at our house (it's our wedding). We have decided to keep expenses down by doing a spread of middle eastern mezzes ordered from a terrific local hole-in-the wall. We are going to supplement by making our favorite roasted veggie couscous salad with harissa dressing (from Delia Smith's Summer cookbook--it's amazing).

We also want to have one (or two, depending on size) whole salmon as a centerpiece. I have poached whole salmon before, but I am wondering if there is something with more of a middle eastern flair that we could do to tie it in with the rest of the spread.

I have a big jar of sumac, and it occurred to me that at a minimum I could use sumac in the poaching liquid along with white wine. But I haven't really cooked with sumac before and this would be the wrong time to discover some trick to using it properly!

Hints? Recipes? Suggestions? All are welcome!

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  1. one or two salmon for 70 people doesn't sound like enough to me

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    1. re: bw2082

      1 30-lb or 2 15-lb salmons plus hummus, baba ghanoush, dolmas, pitas, a veggie tray and a fruit tray, plus the cous cous salad I think will be plenty. But seasoning/cooking suggestions? Thanks!

    2. I do a wonderful poached Salmon in a white wine lemon fresh garlic fresh oregano and butter poaching broth. I finsh it with a nice creamy lemon caper sauce. Its very Greek tasting. You could also serve with tzatsiki.

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      1. re: Analisas mom

        This sounds delicious and exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. Thanks!

      2. my first reaction was _2_ salmon for 70 people? but if they have access to 30# salmon...

        whoa.

        and the best big salmon I've ever had was at a Greek place.