Poached Prawns

"Part of a wonderful three course lunch at Chez Cecile, Paris (Chef Stephane Pitre)"
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  • In a pan, boil water, wine, carrot, celery, salt and pepper to make a broth.
  • Peel the prawns; discard the heads, keep the tails.
  • Poach them for 10 minutes in the hot (but not boiling) broth.
  • Remove 7 oz. stock to another pan, bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and add butter. Blend, adding the pistachio oil as you go; season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove prawns from the liquid and arrange them on a plate, drizzle with the sauce.
  • Serve with a risotto or pureed artichokes.

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  1. Simple, elegant, light and delicious! We loved these and ate 12 prawns between the two of us for a light lunch - great recipe, thanks Kate! I changed nothing. Made for ZWT3.


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