Thursday, May 16, 2013

Apple Prawn

Prawns are lightly fried and served on a bed of shredded apples flavored with cinnamon and dressed with olive oil and chive dressing in this light and scrumptious appetizer by award-winning chef David Moreno. This simple gourmet recipe makes an elegant  appetizer that is very easy to prepare and takes only minutes to cook. It can also be enjoyed as a main course for those following a strict diet.

Use the freshest prawns you can find for a superior tasting dish. In this recipe, the prawns are split in two and fried in olive oil until they change color. Before frying the prawns, rinse them well under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Split the prawns into two using a sharp knife. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over high heat and then add the prawns in the pan. Stir the prawns until they turn pink and then take them off the heat. The prawns will cook in three to five minutes depending on the size of the prawns. You can season the prawns with salt and pepper but if they are very fresh, then you can leave them as is and their sweet succulence is enough to flavor them. Make sure that you serve them immediately after frying.

The apples also need to be served immediately since they oxidize quite quickly. You can toss them with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from changing color. The cinnamon also helps give them a nice color. Work quickly when peeling the apples and shredding them. Use a tart apple with a nice crunch and subtle sweetness like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or Jonagold. The acidity of the apples wonderfully balances the sweetness of the prawns. Chives and olive oil complete the recipe for a well-balanced dish.

Apple cinnamon prawn and olive oil infusion
12 prawns
4 Granny Smith apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oilchives
4 cinnamon sticks

1.Slice the prawn at the center to get two pieces. Heat oil in pan and cook prawns until they change color. 

2.Peel the apple and shred it immediately so it doesn’t oxidize. As soon as it is shredded, season with ground cinnamon. Taste the mixture to check, the apples must be quite heavy on the cinnamon. 

3.To arrange, place apple cinnamon shreds in center of the plate using a round mold, place prawns, one on each side to achieve symmetry. Give it a bit of height with a stick of cinnamon inserted in the middle of the shredded apples. Dress the prawns with some olive oil and chive dressing. 

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