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Prosciutto wrapped prawns

... with Maple Barbecue sauce

Serves 4 as an entree

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time:
10 minutes

Ingredients

12 green king prawns, shelled and deveined, tail intact
4 very thin slices prosciutto, cut lengthways into thirds
½ cup tomato sauce
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon hot English mustard
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons olive oil
Steamed rice, green salad and lime to serve

Prosciutto wrapped prawns with Maple Barbecue sauce
Prosciutto wrapped prawns with
Maple Barbecue sauce

image by Julie Goodwin • click to enlarge

Method

Take a strip of prosciutto and wrap it around the prawn, starting at the tail end and working toward the head end.  Repeat with all 12 prawns.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, mustard and paprika.  Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes.  The sauce will thicken and become richly aromatic.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Make sure the pan is piping hot.   Lay the prawns in the pan and cook for one minute.  Turn onto the other side and cook for a further 30 seconds.  The prawns will continue to cook once they are removed from the pan, so don’t be tempted to leave them in for too long.

Lay some rice on the plate, top with sauce and place the prawns on top.  Serve with a little dressed green salad. (Pictured with cucumber spaghetti salad with lemon dressing.)

Cook’s notes

Green king  prawns can be deveined by grasping the end of the vein and pulling.  If the vein breaks, you can slice open the back of the prawn very carefully and remove the vein that way.

Cucumber spaghetti is made with a nifty little twisty gadget that comes from homeware stores.  This is just as nice if the cucumber is cut into “chiffonnade” – very fine ribbons.

Lemon vinaigrette is a simple mix of 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a little salt.

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