Tuesday 15 February 2011

Champagne Charlies & Prawn Cocktail

This was the first time either of us had eaten prawn cocktail. It was really nice. Even if I say so myself. The cocktails were extremely tasty, too.

I got the recipe from the February 2011 edition of Sainsbury's Magazine. It was from a feature called 'Food For Love' with recipes by the owner of Hawksmoor, Will Beckett.

Champagne Charlie
Makes 4 (2 per person)

Must Have:

1/4 vanilla pod
40g pink rhubarb, chopped
50g caster sugar
50 ml orange juice
5tbsp gin
5tbsp lemon juice
chilled champagne

Must Do:

To make a rhubarb syrup, split the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds into a small pan. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes until syrupy. Let cool, strain, chill.

To make the cocktails, combine gin, lemon juice and rhubarb syrup, then divide half of that mix between two champagne glasses, Top up with champagne. Drink. Repeat.

Prawn Cocktail
Serves 2

Must Have:

5 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp creamed horseradish sauce
squeeze of lemon juice
dash of Tabasco
dash of brandy
125g peeled cooked king prawns
125g peeled cooked small prawns
1/4 cucumber, chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
2-4 Little Gem lettuce leaves
2 lemon wedges

Must Do:

To make the sauce, combine mayo, ketchup, horseradish sauce, lemon juice, Tabasco and brandy in a mixing bowl. Add prawns (leave four large ones for garnish), cucumber and  spring onion, cover in the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Arrange the lettuce leaves in your serving vessels and top with prawn cocktail mixture. Garnish with two prawns each and the lemon wedges.

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