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Prawns Provencal

Used with permission from the New World Provence Cookbook

Prawns Provencal. Makes 4 servings.

Alterations should be made to fit with your dietary needs. Please consult with your medical team before you attempt to make this recipe.

New World Provence
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp garlic, chopped
32 fresh medium–large prawns, peeled and deveined (unpeeled, if you prefer)
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup fresh parsley,chopped
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Prepare prawns in 2 batches: In a large sauté pan on medium-high, heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter.
  • Add 1 tbsp garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Increase heat to high, add half the prawns, season with salt and pepper, and saute for 2 minutes on each side until they turn just pink—do not overcook.
  • Then, to flambe with brandy: with one hand, remove pan from heat and with the other hand, pour in 1/8 cup brandy.
  • Quickly bring pan back to the heat (see note).
  • If you have a gas stove, carefully tilt pan toward flame and it will flambe automatically; if you have an electric stove, light a match and carefully put the flame close to the pan to allow it to catch fire.
  • Let flames dissipate on their own.
  • Sprinkle with 1/8 cup parsley over prawns, drizzle with lemon juice, and stir to combine, then transfer to a serving platter.
  • Repeat process with remaining ingredients.
  • Tips
  • If pan is not hot enough, the brandy will not ignite, so make sure the pan gets nice and hot.
  • This dish can also be served as an appetizer; guests will love to watch them being prepared, then love to nibble on them!
  • The French typically eat these prawns with the heads and tails, where all the flavor resides (our kids love them). Try it if you and your guests are feeling a little French! This recipe requires a gas stove to flambe the prawns; if you have an electric stove, you will need matches. (Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off quickly.) Serve with green vegetables and Seven-Grain Rice with Chickpeas and Romano Beans

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