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Kataifi-Wrapped Prawns with Lemon Garlic Butter

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    With Christmas just around the corner and the Party Season in full swing, it’s dishes like these that make celebrations so special. While prawns may be more expensive than you would normally budget for, you can find regular specials , so snap them up when you can and freeze them until you are ready to cook with them. Once you thaw them, cook them as soon as possible.

    Kataifi pastry is a Greek speciality and you can find it in larger supermarkets in the freezer section near filo. It is the same consistency as filo pastry but shredded -  looks like a bunch of straw, but simply tease it out. A little goes a long way – one packet of pastry will do for 20 prawns.




    Serves 4 as a main meal or 6 as an entree


    • 20 large green prawns
    • 100g butter
    • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 350g pack Kataifi pastry
    • A little oil spray


    1. To prepare the prawns, remove their heads and peel the shells away from the body, leaving the tail intact. Use a small sharp knife to slice along the back of each prawn, then de-vein them.
    2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the finely chopped garlic and  lemon zest and sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the lemon juice and season with a little salt and pepper. Pour half the garlic butter over the prawns and toss thoroughly to coat the. Set the remaining butter sauce aside in a small bowl, ready to serve.
    3. Turn the air-chef on and preheat to 180°C. Line the base of the tray with a sheet of foil.
    4. Remove the pastry from the bag and gently tease out the strands.
    5. Remove a small bunch of about 1 tablespoons of pastry and lay it in a 15cm strand on the clean bench top. Place one butter and garlic-soaked prawn at one end of the pastry and roll it up to completely coat the prawn but leave the tail exposed. The buttery coating should help the pastry stick to the prawn. Repeat with remaining prawns and pastry.
    6. Spray the kataifi-wrapped prawns with some oil spray. Place the prawns in the air-fryer basket and set the timer to 10 minutes. When the timer bell goes off, open the air-fryer, and use long-handled tongs to move the prawns around to expose the undercooked parts. Return the basket to the airfryer and cook for a further 5 minutes. Move the prawns around again and cook for a final 5 minutes. 
    7. Serve the hot and crunchy prawns on a large platter with a few salad leaves and wedges of lemon or lime near by. Have the butter close by so that everyone can serve themselves. Serve at once.




    b2ap3_thumbnail_image005.jpgRecipe created and shared by Sandra Reynolds

    Sandra Reynolds has written over 1000 nutritious budget-friendly recipes for her blog The $120 Food Challenge, surviving unemployment payments and Aldi checkout lines along the way and turned personal adversity into a thriving blog.

    Her first cookbook, The $120 Food Challengeis published by Penguin Viking and Sandra is now writing her second cookbook. She still shops at Aldi every week.

    • Kirsten W 19 November 2014

      Fried food without the fat. What bliss!

    • Medina 19 November 2014

      This looks good would love to try one , thanks for the opportunity to win one

    • Natasa 19 November 2014

      The Kambrook 'Air Chef' would be the perfect addition to our kitchen and would encourage us to make healthier meals. I would love to make some low-fat potato wedges!

    • Virginia Brown 19 November 2014

      Pumpkin and Goat's Cheese roll ups. I made these for a dinner party Thursday night, went to try one and hubby packed them all in the kid's lunches as he said they tried and loved them!!!!

    • celine 19 November 2014

      I'd love to be able to cook in a more healthy way - the first thing I'd cook would be fish and chips for sure!

    • sharron 19 November 2014

      i adore fried foods but no matter how i try the body does not i fell in love with Kambrook air fryer the moment i heard about it and now thanks to perfect pantry i am dieing to try kataifi wrapped prawns

    • Louise 19 November 2014

      Since eating healthy and trying to teach my boys about healthy eating, this would be perfect, the first thing I would love to try is the recipe above about Kataifi wrapped prawns...YUM

    • Jess Hutchinson 19 November 2014

      Ooooh, winner winner chicken dinner. I have heard only good about these air thingys. I've never made my own Roast Chook before so I would certainly be giving that a whirl first. I'll have my fingers and toes crossed.

    • Soleima Dib 19 November 2014

      Crumbed chicken tenderloins are a treat
      A healthier version would be neat
      On my bench top it would look sweet!

    • Ghazwan 19 November 2014

      Our family favourite on weekends is fried breast chicken burger fillets but my kids and I eat them as giant chicken nuggets. My wife is always on a diet so with this air-fryer, she can join us.

    • Tracy 19 November 2014

      Scotch eggs, yummy but deep frying makes them so unhealthy, so this would be perfect!

    • James Sharpe 19 November 2014

      Four kids, enough said
      Is go seaweed chips

    • Tasha Walker 19 November 2014

      Four starving children so french fries is anyways a favorite

    • Tamzyn burke 19 November 2014

      Because its an awesome invention. And go the healthy chips

    • Kerry McKenzie 19 November 2014

      With our health issues mounting as we get older, an air fryer would be the perfect cooking item that still allows us to enjoy a "fry up" without the fat.
      My hubby has recently had a triple bypass and fried food is the biggest thing he is missing. Plus it would allow me to stretch my cooking range, to healthier alternatives

    • Kirsty 19 November 2014

      Love to do some healthy cooking that still feels a bit naughty. Fish and chips would be the first thing I'd try. :)

    • coastalkaz 19 November 2014

      wow - thanks for showing me the scope of an air fryer. this recipe sounds absolutely delicious!!

    • Steven S 19 November 2014

      The Air Fryer will make the perfect addition to my kitchen as it will allow me to easily make more complex recipes to share with my friends and family!

    • Melissa K 19 November 2014

      This would be perfect for my kitchen as I love to experiment when cooking and baking with the kids, not to mention its a healthier way of cooking! I would cook some delicious cheesy garlic bread in it.

    • Lisa 19 November 2014

      I Would love to try master classic crispy fish and chips as my oven just doesn't cut it and I have avoided the deep fryer in attempt to be healthy.

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