Heinz have recently launched their new [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise which is free from added colours, flavourings and artificial thickeners as well as being made with free range eggs, and is available in standard and light varieties. To celebrate the launch Heinz have created the [Seriously] Good Taste Challenge competition; the challenge is to create a dish that is served on a single spoon. The dish can be savoury or sweet, the only rules are that it must use Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise as an ingredient and be served as a single spoon serving – a ‘tasty mouthful’ as they put it.
I went for a very summery sweetcorn, avocado and feta salsa which is flavoured with the mayonnaise, some fresh coriander and a touch of lime and chilli; believe me when I say that this stuff is seriously good, I could easily eat a bowlful of it just on it’s own; I also think that it would work great with tortilla crisps for scooping it up. The salsa is topped with a crispy fried coconut crusted king prawn which goes perfectly with the salsa. I added some chopped chives to the coconut coating for a touch of extra flavour, as well as marinating the prawns for an hour in lemon and garlic; this step is totally optional, it just adds an extra level of flavour but you can skip it to save time if you like, they will still be delicious.
Everything is very easy to make, but you do need to deep fry the prawns; trust me the crispy coating is totally worth it, deep fried prawns have to be one of my favourite foods and they only take a minute to cook! These spoons are great as a starter or canapé, or to turn this into a main meal for two, ditch the spoons and simply serve the prawns and salsa alongside some rice.
Crispy Coconut King Prawn & Sweetcorn, Avocado & Feta Salsa Appetizer Spoons
- 15 raw, peeled and de-veined king prawns
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- pinch salt
- 50 g unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 15 g (1/2 a packet) fresh chives, finely chopped
- 1 large egg beaten
- 40 g plain flour
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- 200 g frozen or tinned sweetcorn defrosted and drained well
- 2 tbsp Heinz Seriously Good Mayonnaise
- 1/2 a large, ripe but firm avocado
- 1 red chilli
- handful fresh coriander
- juice of 1/2 a small lime
- 60 g feta cheese
Mix together the garlic, lemon juice and salt in a shallow bowl, toss in the prawns and leave to marinate for about an hour.
Meanwhile make the salsa, place the sweetcorn in a bowl and add the mayonnaise. Peel the avocado and cut into very small dice, add to the sweetcorn. De-seed and very finely chop the chilli and very finely chop the coriander, add to the bowl along with the lime juice then finally crumble in the feta, toss everything together and set aside.
For the prawns, toss together the coconut and chives with a pinch of salt in a shallow dish; place the beaten egg in a small bowl and tip the flour into a separate small bowl.
Coat the prawns first in the flour, then the egg, then finally the coconut mixture, making sure that they get a good coating of each.
Pourt the vegetable oil into a deep pan to a depth of a couple of inches; heat to about 180C, or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil sizzles and colours in about 30 seconds.
Fry the prawns a few at a time for about a minute, until golden. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
To serve, place a spoonful of the salsa on each spoon and top with a prawn. Serve immediately.
This post is sponsored by Heinz, all opinions are my own.