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6-8 colossal (fresh water) prawns

1 packet filo pastry (thawed)

2 limes

peanut oil

1 clove garlic

2 birdseye chilis

1/4 cup ground peanuts

1/4 cup shredded (desiccated) unsweetened coconut

4 kaffir lime leaves shredded

1 mango

12 basil leaves

12 mint leaves

2 tblspns sweet chili sauce

time: 30minutes active, 15 minutes baking

you will need:

  • bowl to marinate prawns in
  • baking tray

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colossal coconut prawns with spicy mango salsa 

thaw: one packet filo pastry

marinate: shelled and de-veined colossal prawns in juice of 1 lime, 2 tablespoons peanut oil, 1 clove garlic, 2 birdseye chilies and pinch salt

mix: 1/4 cup ground peanuts, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 4 finely shredded kaffir lime leaves

heat: oven to 450f / 180c

lay: the packet of filo pastry out so that the sheets are flat

brush: 1/2 a sheet of filo pastry with melted butter, sprinkle 1 tablespoon peanut/coconut mix on top of butter. fold un-buttered half of sheet over to cover the buttered side. butter the top of this, sprinkle more peanut/ coconut mix and pull another sheet of pastry over to cover this. repeat three times and then remove this stack of pastry sheets from the stack

slice: pastry stack into 2 rectangles and then each rectangle into triangles. wrap: each prawn in a filo triangle.

brush: with butter and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden and crunchy. sprinkle more peanut/coconut mix on top of cooked prawns.

mash: flesh and juice of 1 large, ripe mango and mix with juice 1 lime, 12 chopped basil leaves, 12 chopped mint leaves and 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce.

serve: prawns straight from the oven with the mango salsa.

* you can use smaller prawns if colossal prawns are not available, it just makes more work for you...colossal prawns are almost the size of a chicken drumstick, so 2-3 per person is the rule of thumb that I use when catering

lighten things up: get rid of the filo and stir fry the prawns in a little peanut oil, then sprinkle the kaffir/coconut/peanut mix on top before serving. add some spinach and basil leaves and you have a salad!