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.