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Monday, July 5, 2010

Piri Piri Prawns and Prawn Toast

I have been in a bit of a slump this weekend. Perhaps it's the cold weather, perhaps I'm coming down with something, or perhaps it's the dreaded school holidays!!!!

Friday night started off ok - I was making a Prawn Feast!

We were having Piri Piri Prawns and "The Darlings" amongst other things were having Prawn Toast.  They are slow starters in the food game, but once they like something that's it.  Whenever we go to a Chinese restaurant now it's always honey chicken and prawn toast - I guess that's a step up from just boiled rice!!! (no they won't eat fried rice!!!).

Piri Piri Prawns

Serves 4?? Not if you love prawns!!!

1kg green prawns
80g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
4 cloves crushed garlic
Peri Peri Sauce (to taste - 1/2 - 1 tablespoon)
3/4 cup (185ml ) lager
2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley
shoestring fries to serve

Halve the prawns by splitting them lengthways through the middle (down the back) with a sharp knife.  Remove the "poop shute".  Leaving the shells on does make for messier eating, but I think they do help add to the flavour of the dish.

Melt 40g of butter in a large frypan over medium high heat.  When melted and sizzling, cook the prawns quickly in 2 batches for about 1 minutes, or until they just change colour.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Melt the remaining 40g butter in the pan with the paprika, garlic and peri peri sauce.  Cook stirring for 1 minute, or until fragrant.  Add the beer, and increase the heat to high - cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.  Add the prawns back into the sauce and toss lightly until cooked through and warm.  Add the parsley, and mix through to combine.

Serve with shoestring fries (this is mandatory as they absorb all the lovely sauce from the prawns!!)  This is a finger licking good dish!!! 

Now onto the Prawn Toast - this really is an incredibly easy dish.  The hardest part is frying the toast!

Prawn Toast

Makes 24 pieces

500g green prawns, shelled and deveined
2 green shallots, roughly chopped
2 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp cornflour
1 egg white
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/3 sesame seeds
6 slices of toast style (thick) white bread, crusts removed
vegetable oil to fry

Place all the ingredients, except the bread and the sesame seeds into a food processor, and blend until you have a nice thick paste.

Spread the mixture over the bread - making sure you go right to the edges.  Top each piece of prawn bread with sesame seeds.  Cut each slice into 4 triangles.

Heat the oil over medium high heat - you want the oil pretty hot, but if you have it too hot the toast will cook too quickly and burn - it goes brown very quickly.

Lightly fry several at a time until golden and cooked through.  Drain on paper towels and repeat with remaining pieces.

Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Why go out for Prawn Toast again???  Too easy!!

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