Well hello you. It's been a while! Update on life: Boyfriend and Maria are still very much alive and have missed you dearly!
Just yesterday in fact, a friend asked me what was up with my blog - it's been a year since I've posted. I know, shameful right? I also received a kind comment online recently from someone asking me when I was going to post again. I think I've therefore come to the conclusion that two comments in one week constitutes a good kick up the backside!
So here I am! And I intend to stay! I'm also starting off with an easy dish - prawn cocktail.
To my English friends this is something that is all very familiar. Prawn cocktail is a classic light dish typically served as an Hors-d'oeuvre/starter and consists of prawns in a Marie Rose/Thousand Island dressing type sauce. Interestingly enough, my boyfriend knows nothing of this dish, so either he's been living under a rock or maybe it didn't quite cross the pond?! Either way, if you like seafood, prawn cocktail is a great starter to impress your friends or a delicious light salad on a hot summers day.
If you are super lazy you could buy pre-made prawn cocktail sauce (Thousand Island dressing for my American friends).
Prawn Cocktail (Serves 4)
- 400g cooked shell-on north atlantic prawns
- 1 iceberg lettuce or equivalent amount of gem lettuce, washed and trimmed
- 1 avocado, peeled and diced
- A pinch of paprika for dusting
For the sauce:
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 5 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- A few drops of tabasco to taste (I use 4-5 drops)
- For the sauce, mix together the tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, splash of tabasco and lemon juice in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- The prawns should be pre-cooked and cold. If you managed to buy raw prawns, then cook them in a dry frying pan until pink all over and leave to cool. Peel the majority of the prawns, leaving a couple with their shells per serving for garnishing purposes.
- To assemble the cocktails, place the lettuce on the bottom of four glasses or small bowls followed by the diced avocado on top. Add the peeled prawns and a generous helping of sauce on top.
- Arrange the unpeeled prawns on the top and give the whole thing a light dusting of paprika.