Recipe of the Week: Prawn Cocktail

"This was always the highlight of Christmas in my nannies house. She would start to make the marie rose sauce and me and my sister thought she was a magician as it was the 80's and everything came out of a pack, bottle or tin! So this was special. This is my interpretation of this iconic family dish".

(Richard Bainbridge, celebrated chef well known for The Great British Menu, and proprietor of Benedicts). 

Serves 4

500g Peeled Prawns

2 Whole Baby Gems

8 Cherry Tomatoes (washed and halved)

1/2 Cucumber (washed, peeled and cut into cubes)

2 Slices of Stale Sour Dough

Fresh Raspberries (washed)

For the Marie Rose Sauce:

2 Egg Yolks

1 tsp Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

50 mls Whiskey of your choice or to taste

250 mls Rapeseed Oil

4 Drops of Tabasco

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup

Place egg yolks into a bowl with the vinegar and mustard and whisk. Slowly start to had the rapeseed into the egg mixture whiles you are continuously whisking (you can do this in a food processor as well if you wish) once all the oil has been added it should start to look like a rich golden mayonnaise. Now add the tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco and the whiskey to taste. Place in fridge until needed. This will keep for up to 4 days.

Sour Dough Crumb

Take the stale sour dough and place in a food possessor and blend until a rustic crumb. Place a small frying pan on a high heat. Once hot, add a little Rapeseed oil and add the crumb. Fry off until golden and crisp. Remove from heat and place the crumb onto a tea towel to drain. This will keep for up to 4 weeks in an air tight container.

Baby Gem

Slice the baby gem in half, length ways. Heat a frying pan on a medium heat. Once hot, line the pan with rapeseed oil, Sprinkle the half of baby gems with salt, lay in the pan and colour on one side until golden and light crisp. Remove from the pan.


Lightly wash the prawns and season with salt, pepper and a little lemon juice. To Dress

Place the baby gem in the middle of the serving plate. Sprinkle the prawns over the baby gems. Place your Tomatoes and Cucumbers over and around the Prawns. Take a few raspberries per person and rip apart over the whole dish. Spoon a big spoon full of the marie rose sauce where you see it fit and last sprinkle the sour dough crumb all over the dish just before serving. Enjoy !