Starter Recipes for Easter
Serves: 4
Prawn cocktail is the perfect appetiser to kick-start a meal: it's simple to make and it's packed with delicious seafood. You can save yourself more time by buying shelled and cooked prawns.
  • olive oil
  • ½ a clove of garlic
  • cayenne pepper
  • 8 unpeeled, large, raw tiger prawns
  • ¼ of an iceberg lettuce
  • ¼ of a cucumber
  • 1-2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • 1 small punnet of salad cress
  • 50 g peeled little prawns
  • 100 g mixed white and brown crabmeat
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 swig of brandy (optional)
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  1. Heat a glug of oil in a pan over a high heat. Crush and add the garlic, then stir in 1 pinch of cayenne pepper and the tiger prawns.
  2. Toss the prawns for 3 to 4 minutes, or till cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. For the Marie rose sauce, combine the lemon juice with the remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Shred the lettuce, dice the cucumber, thinly slice the tomato and pick the mint leaves, then layer in bowls or jars. Snip in most of the cress.
  5. Add the peeled prawns, dollop with Marie rose sauce and finish with crabmeat and more cress.
  6. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and hang a hot prawn or two off the side of the bowl or jar. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over.
Recipe by George Hughes Fishmongers at