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christmas 2010

These are always popular! You can add chilli or other spices to enliven the prawns a little more and or do away with the aioli, substituting a spicy guacamole from avocado or healthier salsas instead - the possibilities are endless.

  • Potato Baskets with Salt and Pepper Prawns
  • 2 floury/starchy potatoes, peeled and finely shredded
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 500 grams of prawns/shrimps, de-veined with tails intact
  • 30 grams of butter
  • Sea salt
  • Coloured Peppercorns
  • Aioli or Mayonnaise - best sure to use the good stuff!
  • Fresh herbs, I used chives and coriander
  1. Dry the shredded potatoes in an old tea towel or absorbent paper.
  2. Heat a deep-fry, saucepan or wok with vegetable oil, not more than ¾ full for deep frying.
  3. Test for the correct temperature with a cube of bread, when it sizzles and rises to the top immediately, it’s ready, which is approximately 180°C (356°F) if you have a thermometer.
  4. Fry pinches of the potato, gathering it together between 2 slotted metal spoons or small brass frying spiders to form little nests or baskets.
  5. Be sure to let the potato fry a little before gathering it together to prevent it sticking to the spoons.
  6. Drain the potato baskets on absorbent paper towels and repeat with the remaining shredded potatoes.
  8. In a fry pan sauté the prawns and butter over a high heat until cooked through. Toss through plenty of salt and freshly ground coloured peppercorns.
  10. Arrange the potato baskets on a serving platter and top with a small spoonful of aioli, garlic or plain mayonnaise and the salt and peppered prawns with fresh herbs to garnish.
  11. Serves 6 to 8

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