Saturday, July 5, 2014

Prawns and Pasta and a Caesar Salad

Fern asked for prawns and pasta with Caesar salad for dinner and I have everything so I didn't need to go to the store. To start, put the croutons in a frying pan with olive oil and brown some flavour into them. Wash and spin dry a head of romaine lettuce. 

Caesar Salad Dressing

1 egg yolk
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic crushed chopped
few drops Worcestershire Sauce
1 anchovy fillet or a couple of drops Fish Sauce
black pepper
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup grated parmesan
splash of water

Whisk the yolk and add the oil one teaspoon at a time, whisking in before adding more. This emulsifies the oil and makes mayonnaise. Whisk in all the other ingredients and if it's too thick add a little water. Toss the lettuce and croutons in the dressing and plate.

Tomato Basil Sauce

1 clove garlic - I used tomato paste with garlic so I didn't add this
1 onion diced
1 can tomato paste
1/2 cup beef stock
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp basil 

Put two cups penne pasta in boiling water for about 12 minutes, drain. Dice an onion and caramelize it in a wide sauce pan. Add the prawns and cook both sides but not all the way through. Remove the prawns from the pan, they'll finish cooking in the sauce. Add one can tomato paste and half a cup of beef stock. I also added a splash of water so the stock didn't overpower the sauce. Add two teaspoons dried basil or fresh if it's available. Add the salt and taste.  Add water and/or salt to balance the sauce. Add the prawns back in and finish cooking for a minute or two. Add the pasta to the sauce then plate it all.

I haven't made Caesar for a while so it slowed me down but I still had the meal on the table in under an hour and it tasted like I spent longer.

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