I recently posted this recipe for chilli prawns on lemongrass skewers. I got quite a bit of feedback about how good food on sticks is and I am personally a fan so given the warm weather here in Canberra and the appeal of prawns, I went hunting for another prawn on skewers recipe. I came across this recipe from Slimming Eats for piri piri prawn (shrimp) skewers which sounded delicious and while they still have that chilli, they had a more Mediterranean flavour than my prawns on lemongrass skewers.
Piri Piri is originally from Portugal I think and certainly the chain Portuguese chicken places in Australia do a nice trade in piri piri chicken. Wikipedia seems to back me up, though it also mentions Namibia as being a piri piri hot spot and I certainly don’t remember that from when I was there, at least no more than it is here in Australia. Of course it could be the north of Namibia where it pops up given that borders on Angola which was a Portuguese colony at one point.
One of the things I didn’t have to worry about with the lemongrass skewers was the skewers catching fire. But there is mixed advice about using wooden skewers and whether you need to soak them first. I did end up soaking mine but I suspect given I was cooking on an electric stove and the prawns cook super quick. I could have gotten away with not soaking them. They might just have gotten a bit charred in parts.
I did have a few skewer issues with this recipe as I didn’t want to fire up the barbie (metaphorically cause it is an electric) just for me. I used my griddle pan and the skewers were too long to fit. My prawns were almost doing a spit roast imitation with the skewers resting on the sides of the pan. I managed to chop up the skewers with my kitchen scissors but it was a bit painful. Given how easy my barbie is to clean I should have just gone with that. You will see from the pictures I could only fit two skewers in the pan at a time, so this recipe took longer to cook than it should of. The cook times I give below are for people who aren’t as silly as me in selecting pans.
The other reason why this recipe appealed is that it involved using a food processor and I was very keen to take my new KitchenAid food chopper for a test drive. A lovely Christmas present from my brother and his family – I think I should actually be thanking my sister-in-law for such good taste. It is a small food processor but that works well for me as I find that because I make small batches, if I use a full sized food processor, the food just gets lost on the side and not really chopped. It has been such a great addition to my kitchen, replacing the super el cheapo things I have been trying to use and nearly killing when I made these orange and date muffins. And in case you are wondering, no, there are no affiliate links and no one has paid me to say these things.
To make this for one as a main meal with a side of some lovely sourdough bread I used the ingredients basically as given in the recipe:
- 12 large prawns, uncooked with the tails on so they are easier to get of the skewers
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 red chilli, chopped and with seeds removed
- 2 tsps of minced garlic (equivalent to 2 cloves)
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 tsp of lemon zest
- 1 tbs of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbs of parsley
- 1 tbs of coriander
- salt and black pepper
- Olive oil spray
- 3 wooden skewers, soaked in water
Aside from the skewer issues, this recipe is super easy to make and tastes wonderful. Next time I would skip the mortar and pestle step and go with the more rustic version that my chopper made. I like cutting back on additional washing up and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference taste-wise.
It took all of 15 minutes to cook this recipe and that is probably longer than it should have because I was snipping skewers while cooking. Preparation time was about 5 minutes if you don’t soak the skewers. If you do want to soak them then add about half an hour on to this prep time. Not too many calories in this recipe either. I made 3 skewers for myself and that added up to around 300 calories. Add a lovely thick slice of sourdough to mop things up and it is about 400 all up.
One thing I need to do this week is think about what I want to do for Our Growing Edge, a lovely monthly link up which encourages food bloggers to try cooking and sharing new things. I am leaning towards making cinnamon scrolls as I love a bit of carb mixed with cinnamon. But Genie from Bunny Eats Design has just shared the most amazing recipe – Bacon Jam! Need I say more.
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