Thursday, May 17, 2018

What’s on the MENU this week. Portuguese Spicy Prawns/Gambas al Ajillo

Food in Portugal is sometimes quite simple – think of fresh sardines on the fire, basted with oil and lemon. But often and with lots and lots of flavour. This is a dish we had as a starter at one of our first meals and it is worth our giving you the recipe to try. Don’t be frightened by the large amount of garlic, slowly cooked in the oil, it will mellow and add lovely flavour to the dish
They were so good that a large portion had disappeared into fellow diners before we could take the photograph, which was taken at Chez Lapin in Porto

125 ml good extra virgin olive oil – 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped – 500 gm peeled prawns – ½ t red chilli flakes – salt and pepper – slices of lemon to serve – a dusting of fresh chopped parsley

Put the oil, garlic, chilli and seasoning into a shallow pan with a lid and cook on a medium heat until the garlic just begins to brown.  Add the prawns and spoon over the oil until the prawns have cooked. Serve with crusty rolls or bread to soak up all the juices, Add the parsley and lemon slices and serve
Note: we photographed the dish in a Porto restaurant where they had not been peeled. It is much less messy to have them served ready peeled
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