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Avocado with Prawn Marie Rose


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  • 500g small Atlantic prawns with shells on
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • 4 little gem lettuces
  • 2 ripe but firm hass avocados
  • 1 teasp. chilli powder
  • 4 small crevettes
  • Cocktail sauce
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teasp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tablsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablsp. tomato purée
  • 1 teasp. brandy
  • 2 teasps. chilli sauce


servings 4
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 25mins
Cooking time 5mins
Cost Expensive


Step 1

For roasted prawn oil, peel the prawns & put the shells to one side.
Heat veg. oil in a saucepan & add shells. Keep bashing the heads to extract the juice & fry for 3-4 mins. until shells turn lightly golden. Leave to cool & infuse for 20 mins., then strain through a fine sieve. Throw out shells & leave to oil to cool to room temp.

Step 2

For the cocktail sauce, place yolks, mustard, vinegar & seasoning in a bowl. Combine olive oil & prawn oil in a jug. Beat egg mixture with an electric whisk & very slowly trickle in the oils until half has been used
up, (mayo should be stable). Speed up the pour until combined to make a thick wobbly mayo. Season with lemon juice, salt & pepper, mix in ketchup, purée, brandy & chilli sauce.

Step 3

Divide lettuce leaves between the plates & add some squeezed lemon juice. Place ½ a stoned avocado on ea. & squeeze over more lemon. Add salt, split prawns between plates & spoon over 1-2 tbsp. of cocktail sauce. Sprinkle with chilli powder & top with a crevette to serve.

To keep it classic, replace roasted prawn oil with the same vol. of veg. oil & swap the chilli sauce for ½ teasp. of tabasco and the chilli powder for cayenne pepper.

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