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May 21, 2009 08:46 AM

"Around the world" dinner with seafood only

I'm hosting a dinner party for a friend's birthday. She eats limited seafood - basically shrimp, shelled crab and salmon.

I like doing ethnic themes, but am having a hard time here, especially given her very American cake request, so I've been thinking about doing an "around the world" dinner. I also have a tiny kitchen, so a lot needs to be done ahead of time so that I don't run out of counter space, and so that I can enjoy the party, too.

My two current options: Madhur Jaffrey's garlic and ginger shrimp on toothpicks, crab cocktail with avocado, tomatoes, etc. (which I'll be winging, if anyone has any suggestions about), and salmon pasta with dill, lemon and vodka sauce. I'm really comfortable with this, plus the salmon gets pre-cooked, which avoids stinky salmon apartment and avoids me screwing up the fillets, since I don't like salmon and never cook it. But it's not very "around the world" friendly.

Second option: salmon spring rolls, same crab cocktail, and a Madhur Jaffrey shrimp dinner, TBD.

Which sounds better? Can you think of better options? And can anyone advise on the crab cocktail? I'm pictured it layered, with veggies on bottom, crab tossed with lime, chile, etc. on top. And I'd love a better salmon appetizer idea if I go that route. I really don't want to be searing salmon filets for dinner, FYI. I'm sure there are lots of great recipes, but it keeps me in the kitchen and I really don't have much salmon filet experience.


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  1. what about a salmon teriyaki?

    1. Spinach and salmon quiche. Could even be made with canned salmon. Small wedges for an appetizer.

      Edit: Not very around-the-world, though.

      1. Medley of Sashimi and an assortment of Sushi with a nice Sake (or other white wine)

        1. How about:
          Tomatoes stuffed with crabmeat
          Poached whole salmon (v. easy, but looks impressive, and can be cooked in advance), with baby new potatoes and asparagus.

          Personally, I would avoid mixing too many ethnic styles in one dinner, but that's just me. If you want something spicy, how about Thai crabcakes?

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          1. re: greedygirl

            This is a great menu because it can all be done in advance except to stuff the tomatoes at the last minute. If you use small tomatoes you could also add a grilled/skewered shrimp starter also - again done in advance. There was a recent thread on poached salmon.

          2. Ha Gow - Chinese Shrimp Toast appetizers with a soy/ginger dipping sauce.

            Caribbean Basil Mango Shrimp Cocktail/Salad

            Pacific Northwest Baked Salmon with Dill Entree
            Classic Maryland Crabcakes Entree with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
            and Ginger-Orange Glazed Carrot Ribbons

            For dessert make Bobby Flay's White Gaspacho.