Thursday, May 22, 2014

Get out the Grill


When I ask my husband to go to the store for me, he is notorious for bringing back extra stuff.  For instance, when I asked him to go get oysters for po' boys, he came back with not only the oysters, but also some giant prawns and some scallops (we saved the scallops for later).  So we decided to get out the grill and cook up some prawns.

Now, prawns, sometimes called tiger prawns, are really ginormous shrimp.  They have a texture, when cooked, similar to lobster.  And they are darn tasty.  They really soak up a lot of flavor in a relatively short time, so a marinade is the way to go when grilling.  We like spicy food, so I decided to make a honey and chile marinade and then a roasted garlic butter sauce to brush on them when they were done. This marinade is spicy, so leave out some or all of the chiles if you like.  And, as you can tell by the picture, we also grilled up some squash and zucchini along side it. I just brushed olive oil on those and salt and pepper.

Don't panic when you head off to the store for these prawns. Sometimes they come with the head on, depending on where you live.  It's okay.  I'm sure the fish counter workers will take them off for you if you ask and say "pretty please."  They will probably even peel them for you if you want.

Put your shorts on.  It's time to cook out!

CHILE MARINATED PRAWNS
1 lb prawns, deveined, peeled and butterflied
4 serrano peppers, finely diced
2 fresno peppers, finely diced
1 T dijon mustard
1/4 C honey
1/4 to 1/2 C lemon juice (to taste)
1/4 C olive oil
1 1/2 C water
Salt & pepper (to taste)

ROASTED GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE:
1 bulb Roasted Garlic
1 stick butter
1 T dried parsley
1 T lemon juice
Fresh cracked black pepper

Mix the peppers, mustard, honey, lemon juice, water and olive oil together and season with salt and pepper.  Put the prawns in a large zipper bag and pour in the marinade. Marinate in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

You can either put your prawns in a grill basket or put them on skewers.

Get your grill ready.  After the flames subside, when you can only hold your hand 4 inches above the grate for 4 seconds, you know the grill is ready.  Grill the prawns no more than 2-3 minutes on each side.

For the butter sauce, melt the butter and whisk in the remaining ingredients.  Brush this on the prawns after they are done grilling.

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