Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cookbook challenge, week 3: Sesame prawn toasts

The theme for the second week was hor d'oeuvres (I always have to think about how to pronounce that word!). I chose a recipe from a little bonus booklet that came with a Delicious magazine.

I'm a big fan of Delicious - great recipes and lots of eye candy. I subscribed to it for about 3 years, but ended the subscription when taste.com.au came onto the scene - it was much easier just to browse through the recipes there! I will always keep and re-read my old magazines though.

The booklet is called ABC Delicious Menus: 70 essential recipes for stress-free entertaining. It has about 10 cuisine themes with a bunch of recipes for each that you could use to plan a dinner party. I'm thinking about using the Turkish one for a dinner next week.

The sesame prawn toast recipe is from the Asian section. I love prawn toast!

Prawn toast, pre-slicing and frying
6 large green prawns, peeled and deveined
100g smoked salmon
4 slices thick white bread
3 tbs sesame seeds
Vegetable oil, for shallow frying
Snow pea sprouts, to garnish

Place prawns and salmon into a food processor, season, then process to combine.
Spread the mixture onto the bread.
Cut off the crusts, then cut into quarters.
Put sesame seeds on a small plate, and dip the prawn mix into the seeds to coat well.
Heat 2cm oil in a frying pan over medium-heat. Test the oil with a cube of bread (the discarded crusts are useful for this) - it should turn golden in 30 seconds.
Fry the toasts for 1 minute on each side until nicely golden.
Drain on paper towel.
Garnish and serve.

Sesame prawn toasts

The finished product! These were really, really tasty - but aren't most fried foods? :) The mixture was nice - the original recipe specified smoked trout, but I couldn't find this. Interestingly, by the time you peel the prawns you end up with more fish than prawn, by weight!

The next cookbook challenge theme: beans


  1. Ooh, I made prawn toast too... but didn't bother with the sesame seeds! I love how thick your bread is!

  2. Thanks! I purchased unsliced bread so that I could cut it nice and thick... I love thick toast :)

  3. Mhmmmm prawn toast! They look very pretty with the sesame seeds.