Another so and so recipe, this time it’s grilled cajun prawns with sweet potato puree.
If there’s one vegetable I learned to love in Norway is sweet potatoes. I’ve eaten them in lasagna (one of my favorite recipes, that I make every now and then) and I’ve eaten them as a simple mash with fish or meat. The way I usually make them is that I put them in a pan, poke them with a fork and place them in the oven in 220 °C until there’s juice coming out of the holes. Then I take them out, let them cool down and peels them. I put them in my blender with whatever spices I might be using, some cheese or some milk, depending on the recipe, pulse until they’re mashed. Of course this takes way more than Jamie’s 15 minutes, but it’s the way I like to make it. I could boil them in water as Jamie suggests, but I just love them baked, so I had to do what I always do.
Apart from the potato mash, I didn’t change anything else in Jamie’s recipe. This was one of the very few times I’ve cooked prawns and I couldn’t tell if mine were under or overcooked. They were certainly not as they should be.
The spice mix was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t find cajun in my supermarket, so I mixed my own. To do so I mixed 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp white paper, 1/2 tsp black paper, 1/2 tsp dried timian and 1/4 tsp dried oregano. I used only 1 tablespoon of the mixture for seasoning the prawns and I kept the rest in my spice rack. It’s such a brilliant spice mix that I can use in so many recipes. For now I think I’ll reserve it for some spicy homemade pop corn.
All in all, this was a very simple but flavorful dish. It pushed me out of my comfort zone with the prawns, that I rarely cook. It also made me realize I should include more prawns in my weekly meal planning. Would I make this again? Sure, yes!
Have you ever cooked prawns?