Thursday, December 30, 2010

Poached Prawns With Garlic And Chive Aioli - Christmas Lunch 2010 Part 1

None of us actually celebrate Christmas but we did get together to celebrate the spirit of tolerance and giving on the day so important to many of my friends. I prepared a very simple 3 course meal and had a nice low key afternoon with the other 2 tummies. We started with poached prawns with garlic and chive aioli; ground breaking no, simple and very delicious yes! Please come back tomorrow to find out what I served as our second course. 
P.S Reserve the poaching liquor and the prawn heads and shell for a perfect laksa base.

serves 4 to 6 as a first course
you'll need;
1 kg of whole prawns, poached* whole, chilled until needed
*to poach the prawns - bring the poaching liquor to a boil then add the prawns and poached very gently for 45 to 60 seconds.

poaching liquor;
1 tsp of peppercorns
salt and pepper to taste
2 shallots, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 l of water

garlic and chive aioli;
2 very fresh egg yolks
2 garlic cloves*
1 tsp of English mustard
1 tsp of white wine vinegar
3/4 cup of light olive oil or sunflower oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of chopped chives
*cook garlic gently with milk until tender, sieve and set aside.

Blend egg yolks, garlic, vinegar and mustard in a food processor and slowly add in the oil drop by drop until you get a thick emulsion. Season well with salt and pepper.

Add the chopped chives to the aioli just before serving. 

Serve prawns with aioli and wash down with a glass of Champagne or good Aussie sparkling. 


  1. I love love aioli. It's one of those creations I can eat with anything, preferably sweet, succulent prawns like these.


  2. epi christmas tummy! sori lambat wish.... and epi new year!! sedapnyer makan cenggini.. teringin juga nak wat aioli sendiri... saya amik resepi yer tummy...

  3. this is nice creation. Happy New Year to you and all at home.

  4. wow this looks delicious and you have captured the spirit of Christmas

  5. That looks good! Any dish with prawns looks good to me:D Happy new year!

  6. Harriet from carltonDecember 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Wonderful first course! We had something similar but I bought ready cooked prawns :) Looking forward to part 2 and 3.

  7. Oh big favourite here again...PRAWNS...drooling :) Wishing you a great 2011!

  8. Very simple and delicious indeed! Lovely setting too :)

  9. You serve prawns in style :) We just had the cooked prawns from the fishmongers.Have a great start to the New Year my friend.

  10. I should have done the same. This looks classy and so simple too!

  11. The poached prawns look awesome! Looks so tempting.

  12. Happy new year untuk Tummies semua.Semoga anda semua berjaya dengan diet tu ya:)..hmm yum yum udang ni nampak yummy:)

  13. delicious looking and happy new year!!

  14. I have not seen aioli in so long! These prawns look too good to resist!

  15. Yum yum! I love poached prawns, but never with aioli. They look irresistible.
    Happy New Year!

  16. As always, beautiful! Happy Holidays to you and your tummies.


  17. Yummy! Great Xmas choice too!
    Big hugs!!
    B xx

  18. Sometimes the simple things are the best! This looks perfect! The aioli would be good with artichokes too.

    I'm looking forward to the curry you're sending!

  19. So simple. So delicious and elegant. Aioli makes everything special.

  20. This would make my two tummy home happy...I have yet to see prawns with heads on here, but would love to serve them this way! The aoili looks and sounds great!


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