Monday, December 17, 2012

Garlic Prawn, Baby Spinach, Asparagus, Avocado and Dill Appetisers

Garlic Prawn, Baby Spinach, Asparagus, Avocado and Dill Appetisers

Good morning Beach Dwellers
I seem to remember that this time last year, this blog was all about food and it appears to be a repeat performance this time around. If you want an easy starter for Christmas day or any other party for that matter, then you are sooooo in the right place.  This is inspired by one of those supermarket magazines published for the season.  I absolutely love them, as they are full of easy and quick ideas, but I am all about flavour, so I have jooshed this one up a bit from the original.

You could make a conventional salad out of this one, but I threaded the ingredients onto vintage forks and scattered them around a cake plate.  And waited for my guests to go oooooh.  

Garlic Prawn, Baby Spinach, Asparagus, Avocado and Dill Appetisers

This recipe makes enough for 12 forks, but just make as many as you like by adding more prawns etc.

12 green prawns shelled
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon of oil for frying
1 teaspoon butter

1 large avocado but into 12, 3 cm / 1 inch slices
1 bunch of asparagus cooked and diced 12, into 3 cm/1 inch pieces
24 small or 12 large baby spinach leaves
1-2 tablespoons dill torn
2 tablespoons olive oil 
red wine vinegar, white would be fine too
12 forks

In a pan, melt butter and oil over a medium heat.
Add garlic and fry for a minute, being careful not to burn it.
Toss in prawns and cook until they turn orange.
Remove prawns and make the dressing with the the pan juices by adding 2 table spoons of olive oil and one of red wine vinegar. Tilt the pan and whisk with a fork to combine.
Meanwhile thread the other ingredients onto the forks.  If you are using large spinach leaves double them over.  If small use 2 leaves.
Next thread the prawns, then the avocado and the asparagus.
Place on a serving plate and drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with torn dill.
Then wait for your guest to go oooooh.

My guests loved these, but I definitely drank too much.  I put the Beach House Brat down at 10 o'clock and lay down with her for what I thought was 5 minutes, so she would not resist.  Mr Beach House came looking for me after 20 minutes and I was fast asleep.  I woke up and went back to the party.  What a useless hostess.  Maybe it was just one party too many, shame it was my own.
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  1. looks lovely, glad your guests liked them, clever idea with the forks!

  2. yum! they look beautiful on the forks.

  3. They look yum. I've done the fall asleep with the kids trick before. Ooops.

  4. And they didn't take the hint??? ;O)
    You crack me up Carolyn!!!
    Tania xx

  5. You're just too clever. A Mum, a chef, a dinner party hostess. I can't say I've seen that mag you're talking about. I'm so behind in my Christmas magazine reading this year. I thought I'd catch up over the hols. I went and bought the Donna Hay one on the weekend (who I don't particularly like) but I liked some of the dishes and baking for Christmas. Which one are you talking about. What a stunning, appetising treat.

    Anne xx

  6. They look yummy - perfect for this time of year ... and lovely photography!

  7. That looks sooooo good. One of my favourite combinations!

  8. Falling asleep at my own party sounds like something I would do. I'm sorry you were so exhausted! :(

  9. You feel asleep at your own party? I too am guilty of that. I don't blame the booze, I blame it on exhaustion. I love the look of your appetisers - they are so pretty and festive xx

  10. I am so making this!!!! As a salad for just Bobby G. and me and then as the fork appetizer for my dinner party. How clever is that idea??? Merry Christmas P.s. I also pinned


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