Fish House Punch (Striped Bass with Spinach Stuffing)

So turning this into a cocktail for the holidays because this was a hit at my 40th birthday party for 100 people in my father’s house.

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4 quarts water
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons salt
3 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 pounds spinach
1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 whole striped bass, 7-8 pounds (or salmon, if bass is out of season)

Combine water, vinegar, salt, carrots, onion, celery, bay leaves, and parsley in Dutch oven; bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes.

Carefully wash and devein spinach and cut into julienne (thin strips); sauté spinach and mushrooms in butter until mushrooms are tender. Rinse bass lightly with cold water; stuff with spinach-mushroom mixture; wrap in double thickness cheesecloth and tie tightly at both ends.

Place bass in large fish poacher or roasting pan; pour broth over fish, covering fish by at least 2 inches. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Let…

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