Thursday, May 5, 2011

Prawn & Avocado Tower with Citrus Mayonnaise

Close to where we live is a lovely spa which has a wonderful restaurant attached to it. I know it sounds ridiculous but every time I go there (whether I'm lucky enough to be having a pampering spa session or just a relaxing lunch) I have to have the same thing – this prawn and avocado tower – I just can't resist it!

This is my version of it which I have to admit tastes just as good as the real thing. Juicy and succulent prawns coated in a delicious and rich citrus mayonnaise topped with avocado, tomato and sprouts on a crisp muffin – absolutely perfect! Trust me, once you try it you'll be wanting it over and over again!

It's a perfect treat for a special lunch so pamper yourself without having to leave your own home and make yourself this treat or even better make it for your mum this Mother's Day. Enjoy!

{Serves 4}

Citrus Mayo:
125ml good quality mayonnaise
Zest of 1 lemon, plus good squeeze of juice
Zest of ½ lime, plus squeeze of juice
Zest of ½ orange
Good grinding of black pepper
Small pinch of sea salt (optional)
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

170g/ 6oz small cooked & peeled prawns (shrimp)
4 English muffins, cut in half
Drizzle of olive oil
2 handfuls of mixed lettuce leaves
1 avocado, peeled & sliced
1 - 2 tomatoes (depending on size), thinly sliced
2 handfuls of sprouts
4 wedges of lemon
Cucumber slices to serve (optional)

Cocktail sticks or small skewers to keep everything in place!

To make the mayonnaise simply combine all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

When you are ready to assemble the towers put the prawns into a medium bowl and add roughly ¾ of the mayonnaise. Stir well so that all of the prawns are evenly coated in the mayonnaise. If the mayonnaise is a little too thick you can add a splash of water to thin it down.

Place the muffins on a baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Toast under a grill or broiler until golden then remove and let cool.

Place one half on the muffin on serving plates then add ½ a handful of the mixed lettuce leaves. Top with ¼ of the prawns then add the top of the muffin. Layer the avocado and tomato slices on top of the muffin and top with the sprouts. If you like you can add an extra drizzle of the mayonnaise over the sprouts. Take a wedge of lemon and place a cocktail stick through it then place it on top of the tower and skewer it to keep everything in place. Serve with the cucumber slices on the sides then enjoy, but just so you know, a knife and fork is recommended for this one!

14 comments:

  1. The tower looks so spring and great!

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  2. Thanks Angie! It is definitely a real favourite of mine : )

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  3. Oh I would be the same. I have a bit of thing for a Club Sandwich and for prawns, this is a sort of variation on both! Yum yum!

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  4. The tower looks absolutely awesome, love the idea and the sprouts on top!

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  5. This looks really tasty and super fancy! I love the flavors in this dish.

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  6. Made this last night - was fantastic - really enoyed making and eating it!!!! Thoroughly recommend it. Judi

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  7. This magnificent tower. This is an excellent appetizer or sandwich.

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  8. Oooh, would you link this up to Food on Friday Series which is all about avocado this week.

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    1. Absolutely! Sorry have been a little MIA recently...computer crashed now heading home to Scotland for a month : )

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    2. Thanks for linking in. Hope you have a lovely trip home.

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  9. Just to let you know that this link to Food on Friday was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today.

    Have a great week.

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