less than 30 mins
less than 10 mins
Done right, a prawn cocktail is a beautiful thing - and John Torode's the man to show you how it's done.
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Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a squeeze of lemon and glug of vinegar. Add the whole prawns and cook until they rise to the surface. Drain and chill in ice-cold water.
Peel the cooled prawns, leaving one prawn whole per serving (for the garnish).
Cut the little Little Gem lettuce in half and place in ice-cold water to crisp it up.
For the sauce, mix all the sauce ingredients together.
To assemble the cocktails, drain the lettuce and pat dry with kitchen paper. Arrange two-thirds of the leaves in martini glasses or small bowls.
Shred the remaining leaves and add to a mixing bowl. Add the peeled prawns and spoonful of sauce. Top with the unpeeled prawn and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.
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