THAI-SPICED GRILLED PRAWNS ON CIABATTA
IngredientsServes 4 open faced sandwiches
1 star anise
4 whole cloves
2 allspice berries
½ cinnamon stick
1 tsp (5 ml) coriander seeds
1 tsp (5 ml) cumin seeds
1 tbsp (15 ml) salt, plus extra, to taste
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lime juice
12 large prawns, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
¼ pomelo, peeled and pith removed before cutting into 1-in (2.5 cm) pieces
¼ English cucumber, cut into thin rounds
2 tbsp (30 ml) roasted peanuts, chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) small mint leaves
2 tbsp (30 ml) cilantro
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
½-in (1.25 cm) piece of gingerroot, peeled and julienned
1 tsp (5 ml) finely chopped lemon grass
1 green onion, finely sliced
½ bird’s eye chili, seeded and finely chopped
2 ciabatta rolls (or small baguettes), halved and toasted
- In a small frying pan over medium heat, toast first 6 ingredients until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before finely grinding in spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Stir in salt and set aside.
- In a blender or small food processor, combine avocado, lime juice and a pinch of salt until smooth. Set aside.
- Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
- In a bowl, toss together prawns, oil and prepared spice mix. Grill prawns until cooked through, about 1 minute per side, and set aside.
- In a large bowl toss together pomelo, cucumber rounds, peanuts, mint, cilantro, basil, ginger, lemon grass, green onion and chili.
- To serve, spread each toasted ciabatta half with prepared avocado cream and top with prawns and some pomelo salad. Serve immediately.