Prawn creole

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves3
  • DifficultyEasy
3 tbsps olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (415g) tin stewed tomatoes
1 (250g) tin tomato puree
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsps cornflour
2 tbsps cold water
750g small prawns, peeled, deveined
Tostones, recipe follows
Green onions, for garnish

For the tostones

Oil, for frying
3 plantains
Special equipment: old-fashioned plantain smasher
1) Heat the olive oil in a large heavy frying pan and cook the onion, celery, green peppers and garlic over a low heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, salt, sugar, chilli powder and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from sticking.

2) Mix the cornflour with the cold water. Stir the cornflour into the tomato mixture and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the prawns and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until the prawns are done to a pink colour. Spoon the prawn creole into the tostones and garnish with spring onions.

For the tostones:
1) Preheat the oil to 180C. Cut the plantains down the middle; peel away the skin and cut into 4cm thick slices.

2) Add the plantains to the hot oil and fry until golden; about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook as you want the centre to remain raw. Lightly salt.

3) Put the fried plantain through an old-fashioned plantain smasher or use a pestle and mortar; you need to make each slice into a cup shape.

4) Fry the plantain cups in a deep-fryer until golden brown and fully firm, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Season with salt.

Cook's note: To check the doneness of the plaintains use a cocktail stick. The middle of the plantain should still feel starchy and cool.

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