Bloody mary prawn lettuce scoops
This simple and speedy no-cook starter is a great alternative to the classic prawn cocktail on Christmas Day. Serve on a large platter in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in
- Serves: 4 persons
- 200ml tomato juice
- 1tbsp shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
- 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
- drizzle of Tabasco
- 2tsp soy sauce
- ½tbsp horseradish sauce
- 1lemon, cut into wedges
- 10Little Gem leaves
- 175g cooked Atlantic peeled prawns
- ¼celery stick, finely chopped
- handful of coriander
Step 1Mix the tomato juice with the shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry, the worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, soy sauce, horseradish sauce and lemon, and season with pepper. (If you want to make a lightly jellied dressing, soak 1 leaf of gelatine in cold water, melt it in 1 tbsp of hot tomato juice and mix this into the dressing.) Chill until ready to serve.
Step 2Arrange 8-12 (depending on their size) Little Gem leaves on a platter and divide the cooked Atlantic peeled prawns between them, spoon some tomato mixture onto each leaf, and then scatter the finely chopped celery and coriander over the top. Serve with the remaining tomato mixture, lemon wedges, black pepper and more Tabasco.