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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.

     

    KATAIFI WRAPPED PRAWNS WITH LEMON GARLIC BUTTER

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    Serves 4 as a main meal or 6 as an entree

    INGREDIENTS

    • 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

    DIRECTIONS

    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.

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    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.


    • Marie Gardner 17 November 2014

      I rarely do any deep frying because I hate the mess & splatter but also suffer from high cholesterol so avoid cooking with unhealthy oils. Unfortunately I do adore fried foods especially fat chips so i would probably love being able to make healthy chips & enjoy them without the guilt!

    • Suzanne 17 November 2014

      I would love one, to be able to quickly and healthily cook for just the 2 of us. Being retired buying one is not really an option but think it is a wonderful idea.

    • Debra ogilvie 17 November 2014

      Oh my, I so need this to help me with my weight loss.
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    • Debra ogilvie 17 November 2014

      Oh and I would love to cook a nice piece of snapper with a light seasoning. To have with a fresh salad and tartare sauce.

    • Tarn 17 November 2014

      My troupe of boys love their fries, this would be an excellent way to serve a healthier version. They just don't seem to buy into oven baked options!

    • MrsYogi 17 November 2014

      Our family love indulging in dutch food, but sadly our favourites are deep fried. An air dryer will let us enjoy traditional dutch beef croquettes and oliebollen for dessert without the worry of extra fat accumulating on our hips!

    • Wanda Kszczotek 17 November 2014

      looks delicious, would love to win Kambrook’s Air Chef Airfrying oven so i can try this recipe :)

    • christine boehnert 17 November 2014

      the prawns sound amazing, my mouth is just watering at the thought of giving it a go.

    • Lea Anita Black 17 November 2014

      This Air Chef Air Frying Oven would be the perfect addition to our kitchen as I currently cook chips in oil, not healthy. My oven does not work either, the elements gone until I can afford to fix it. I would cook a roast first up for sure!

    • Vicki McKenzie 17 November 2014

      Instead of spending a fortune on takeaway I'd love a Kambrook Air Fryer to make healthier fish and chips at home! I've also got my eye on a recipe which would be perfect for this too - Lime Chilli and Cashew Fish Fingers.

    • Sara 17 November 2014

      This does sound amazing. I am in love with hot chips, but my hubby is not okay with a deep frier. So the very first thing I'd try is hot chips.

    • Mel Curtin 17 November 2014

      I would love to try this with chips done with a wee bit of coconut oil.

    • Dianne Callaghan 17 November 2014

      An Air Chef Air Frying Oven would be a perfect addition to my kitchen as it would allow me to cook all those beautiful fried dishes I love but am not meant to have, especially my favourite Chicken Kiev.

    • Alicia C 17 November 2014

      Perfect for preparing a healthy meal for two & I can ditch the deep fryer! My first meal of choice 'healthy' fish & chips

    • Johanna Nicholas 17 November 2014

      I would love the Kambrook Airfryer because it is so much easier to clean and more economical to run than a conventional oven. Great idea Kambrook!

    • Suzanne Eagles 17 November 2014

      How great is this recipe I have never heard of Kataifi pastry before and even if I'd bought it I would never have known how to use it, I really enjoy seeing delicious recipes for recipes that just turn a basic meal into spectacular Thank you

    • Pat Hughes 17 November 2014

      I seriously need to loose some weight and the Kambrook Air Frying Oven would certainly help. It's difficult to find healthy recipes that not only look appealing but taste great, too. I love vegetables but there are only so many times that you can sit down to a steamed or boiled vegetable and find it appealing or tasty. The Air Frying Oven would allow me to have a greater variety of healthy meals, particularly when I am on a very strict budget. Thank you so much for the opportunity and competition.

    • Pat Hughes 17 November 2014

      I seriously need to loose some weight and the Kambrook Air Frying Oven would certainly help. It's difficult to find healthy recipes that not only look appealing but taste great, too. I love vegetables but there are only so many times that you can sit down to a steamed or boiled vegetable and find it appealing or tasty. The Air Frying Oven would allow me to have a greater variety of healthy meals, particularly when I am on a very strict budget. Thank you so much for the opportunity and competition.

    • Virginia Cuda 17 November 2014

      That air fryer would totally change the way I cook! I would probably make kataifi prawns like every other day! Yum!

    • Natalie 17 November 2014

      I do love to indulge in fried chicken and chips, unfortunately it all ends up on my hips!
      Cooking my favourite treat in a healthy way might just keep the bulges at bay :)

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