Sticky and sweet honey glazed prawns, cooked just enough to get a few crispy bits on the outside;
this my friends is my new favourite starter and the best way to begin any meal. Sat on a bed of griddled asparagus and courgette strips; the wonderful bright pink of the glazed prawns stands out against the crunchy greens and makes for a really impressive first course if you have friends for dinner. (And the best bit is; even though it looks impressive, its really quite easy to prepare and cook).
Now that Halloween is over and Bonfire night has been and gone, Christmas seems alarmingly close. So its definitely time I started preparing for the festive season, and of course food is top of my list. A prawn cocktail; although traditional at Christmas, is just not really my thing, particularly on Christmas day. I much prefer my prawns hot and with a bit of honey, rather than cold and coated in a pink sauce.
Don’t get me wrong, I have many a fond memory of Christmas days and prawn cocktails at my Grandma’s house.
The whole family would be squished around the table on a variety of chairs and we would start our Christmas meal with tiny chilled prawns with Marie Rose sauce, a wedge of lemon and triangles of brown bread and butter. All served in a plastic dish of course – although I’m not quite sure why; maybe to save on the washing up. However; the prawn cocktail is something I grew to love as I remember when I was really little I refused it completely and just ate an orange whilst I waited patiently for my turkey.
So this year I’m getting out my griddle pan, putting my prawns on skewers and frying them in a lovely sweet sauce until sticky.
As these glazed prawns are super quick to cook it doesn’t take much time to prepare this dish and the green bed of veggies can be griddled in advanced, so when your ready to serve they just need 5 or 10 minutes in a hot oven before piling onto a plate.
Having a few people round? or having a buffet rather than a 3 course meal? –
well this little dish can be transformed into a full on platter and the little skewers make it really easy for people to help themselves. I swear this is the best festive starter/finger food/appetiser dish ever! Hope you get chance to try it out – let me know if you do. Do you have any other great festive starter ideas? Let me know 🙂
For more ideas for your Christmas Day feast have a look at my sprouts in gorgonzola sauce, honey roast root vegetables, cranberry sauce, and for an alternative to turkey have a look at my roast beef dinner with leeks in cheese sauce.
**Estimated nutritional information per serving and per 100g of honey glazed prawns and griddled asparagus and courgette. If you want find out more about how the information is calculated and the sources used, please refer to my Nutrition Information Guide.