Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Prawns with Ouzo...... Mood = An Italian In Greece
The restaurant we went to was in such a quaint area in Mykonos totally away from everything. It was called Bandana. Somewhere i would most definitely go again and would recommend anyone who happens to be in mykonos to make sure they get there.
My favourite thing at the table was a linguine with prawns and Ouzo. It simply was so fresh and the taste surprised me as i was not looking for it. I recognised it immediately as we have something that is exactly the same in Middle eastern countries called Arak.
I came back to London and decided to try and recreate this dish. So here is my version of it although, it was not as good as the original, but very very close.
4 Garlic cloves
24 Fresh prawns
1 red chilli deseeded
* Slice the garlic and place in a pan with the olive oil on a medium heat. You dont want the garlic to get brown, you just literally want to simmer them and release the flavour.
* Cut the tomatoes into cubes and place into the pan adding soem dill and basil, salt and a teaspoon of sugar.
* Add the chilli
* Add the ouzo at this point and let the alcohol evaporate
* When the flavours have combined, add the prawns and let them simmer. Do not cook to quickly or ona high heat as this will turn the prawns rubbery.
* Mix and serve.
This is a very nice summery dish and the flavours are just incredible. So simple and so much impact. Try it to see what i am talking about and let me know your thoughts. I really dont like ouzo or arak but in this type of dish, it was the star of the show.