Sunday, 17 June 2012

Go retro - Prawn cocktails

I have recently done 2 different lots of that ol' retro standby – the prawn cocktail. And both turned out spectacular to look at (she says modestly) and best of all tasted great.

I didn't have any suitable cocktail glass so just used a bowl.

The first version turned out like this:



I made it by putting a lettuce cup in the bowl. I then shredded about one lettuce leaf and put it on top of the lettuce cup.

After than I put the prawns as decoratively as I could around the bowl. I bought them cooked from the supermarket – nice big ones. Expensive but worth it for a treat.

I put in some small lemon wedges.

I then drizzled on top a sauce I made РI call it a sauce marie rose (you may call it thousand island dressing). I just mixed more or less equal quantities of ketchup (tomato sauce), mayonnaise and cr̬me fraiche. I seasoned it with cayenne pepper, white pepper and a smidge of salt.

Finally I sprinkled a little more cayenne pepper on top – but it could equally have been paprika.

Here's what the second version looked like:




This was made the same way except I mixed some finely diced red onion through the bed of shredded lettuce. And for the sauce I added some fiery chilli sauce in – so it was a bit spicier. I enjoyed both versions.

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34 comments:

  1. Yumm. I love shrimp. I think I'd go for the chili sauce version -- I like the spice. They both look so pretty.

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  2. Oops, I forgot to add: Thanks for you kind words. The Weekend Cooking participants are the best, aren't they?

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  3. Your prawns look fantastic, and I'm going to use your sauce marie rose.

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  4. Both look delicious. I've made the sauce but not with creme fraiche, have to try this.

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  5. I love prawn cocktails, I sprinkle some spring onions on top they give a nice crunch and bit of onion taste without being overpowering.

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  6. I would eat both! In one sitting :)

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  7. Funny I've never ventured beyond Remoulade sauce that gets its kick from horseradish. These look like good alternatives.

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  8. Both of these look delicious - and I wouldn't have had even half of an idea about that sauce - thanks for sharing the ingredients!

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  9. What a great idea for the sauces. I always use standard cocktail sauce. I need to shake things up!

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  10. both versions look good. i used shrimp this week, but put it in pad thai

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  11. I recently found out I have a shellfish allergy, but before I was diagnosed shrimp was one of my favorite foods. Both pictures make it look delicious!
    Thanks again for linking up to This Flourishing Life's Menu Monday :)

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  12. Thanks for linking this up in my Monday menu plan last week. You are featured this week http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2012/06/4th-of-july-picnic-food-menu-plan-linky.html

    Have a great week, susie

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  13. they both look very appetizing...and that kick is a great idea for the sauce!!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  14. I love prawn cocktails yum yum :)thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays ...

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  15. The sauce looks really good.

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  16. These look great, the sauce looks wonderful. :)

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  17. Those look great! Thanks so much for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Can’t wait to see what you like up tomorrow night!

    Kaylee
    www.couponingncooking.com

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  18. Looks great Carole! You mentioned paprika! I like it. Take care and have a wonderful week.

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  19. Mmmm ... looks so good! I love shrimp cocktail. Visiting from Marvelous Monday - have a great week :)

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  20. Looks wonderful! I never thought about using "sauce marie rose", I'll have to try that next time.

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  21. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and informing me of the broken link I posted on Jam's Corner. :)

    Jess

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  22. Always been one of my favourites! Never disappointed with a good prawn cocktail! Looks delicious :)

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  23. Yummy. I've never made my own thousand island dressing.

    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  24. Thanks so much for linking this up to Marvelous Mondays! This looks delicious. I've pinned it to my food board.

    Have a wonderful evening!

    Julie

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  25. I love both of these but I am partial to the second one with the delicious sauce! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  26. Thanks so much for linking at Thursday Food Fest! Sarah

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  27. Yes! This is a perfect dish for a party or get together. Yum!

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  28. I only recently discovered sauce marie rose but have found that I like it a lot. Those are some really beautiful shrimp! Both sauces sound great. Thank you for linking, Carole!

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  29. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Social ~ Paula

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  30. I think they both turned out great ... no need for a cocktail glass!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    Raising-Reagan.com

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    1. Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
      Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  31. I love shrimp cocktail, simple and delicious.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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  32. I remember when I was young, waaay back when, my Grandma would take me out for an early dinner at her favorite Supper Club. I always ordered Shrimp Cocktail...she would order a Manhattan! Lynn

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