How to make prawn cocktail:

Contributed By: L R


A popular 1970's starter that still has a place on the festive table and makes a simple yet tasty addition to the Christmas meal.

for four servings (or make the cocktails as large or as small as you wish)

1 1/2 pints prawns

a really good mayonnaise

tomato puree

lettuce heart

lemon slices

chopped parsley

a little cayenne pepper

black pepper


- Defrost or peel the prawns (if fresh).

- Add enough tomato puree to the mayonnaise to colour it deep pink.

- Stir the prawns into this mixture and season with a little freshly ground black pepper.

- Wash and shred the lettuce and divide it between four attractive dishes or scallop shells.

- Spoon the prawn and mayonnaise mix equally onto the lettuce.

- Drop a little chopped parsley onto each and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper.

- Take four slices of lemon and cut half way across the diameter of each.
- Twist one cut half backwards and one forwards.
- Place one lemon twist on top of each prawn cocktail.

- Serve with thin brown bread and butter.

Helpful Hints:

- The prawn and mayonnaise mixture can also be used to fill half an avocado pear to make another good hors d'oeuvre.

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