Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Pesto and Prawn Sandwich

Sandwiches are something that I make on daily basis for the husband to take to work. He prefers sandwiches and easy-to-eat, fuss free, smell-free meals as he can have it on the go, rather than having to sit and indulge in a heavy meal during his work. Plus, he claims Indian food has strong smell, which I too agree, and the smell spreads the whole place. It is easy to whip up a sandwich in the morning with any leftover meat or prawns if you have them. And it is a better way to use up the left over meat as well.

On one of our holidays to the Lake District, we had our lunch at an Italian Restaurant. It was lovely, small restaurant and we were late for the lunch. So there were just few options from which we could choose our food from. I love pesto and pesto prawn sandwich was one they had, which we could order. I was not sure how I would like the taste and I ordered it all at my risk.  When the food arrived, it was a mount of prawns slathered in thick, creamy pesto sauce sandwiched between ciabatta breads. It was literally a heaven on plate, and tasted just great.  

Here we get shelled and cooked prawns which makes the job very easy.  Even though it comes cooked and you could mix it up straightaway with other ingredients, I usually boil it with a pinch of salt and lemon for few minutes and the wash off the prawns again. I am over obsessed when it comes to cleaning and cooking food and I need to clean them many times. But, it is not necessary. 

I usually serve pesto prawns in a seeded bread, but any kind of bread could go with it, especially ciabatta. You could toast them, or  just have them plain, which is what we prefet. You could add few rocket leaves, and play around the ingredients to suit your palette. Here is how I make it, and this is one of the several sandwiches that I made for the son’s b’day party last year and got rave reviews about.

Pesto and Prawn Sandwich
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Makes 2-4 Sandwiches

320g cooked prawns (2 cups)
4-5 tbsp mayonnaise, you may use low fat, or full fat
2 tbsp pesto
¼ cup sweet corn
a pinch of salt of necessary
½ tsp crushed pepper or chilli flakes (optional)
Bread to serve

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl thoroughly(To get rid of the smell from prawns, just marinate them in lemon juice for about 10 minutes and wash it off).

2. Spread the mixture heavily on one slice, and sandwich with another. If you wish, you can use toasted bread as well.

You can make upto four large sandwiches depending on how well you fill your sandwich.

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