Why use clarified butter? Well, butter contains impurities that burn easily, and turn bitter at high temperatures. Clarifiying butter involves skimming off these impurities so that you’re left with fat that you can take to much higher temperatures.
I’ve zassed this up with grated nutmeg, chopped fresh tarragon and crushed pink peppercorns – the fruit of the Brazilian pepper tree. They have less astringency than black peppercorns and a fruity, floral aspect which means they’re used more in the manner of whole spices rather than as a seasoning.
This serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a starter.
150g Lurpak Cook’s Range Clarified Butter
1 tsp ground mace or nutmeg
1 tbsp finely chopped tarragon
250g King Prawns, peeled and vein removed
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp whole pink peppercorns, crushed
Juice of ½ lemon
4 thick slices wholemeal bread
Rocket leaves and lemon wedges, to serve
1. Add a teaspoon of clarified butter to a small saucepan and cook the prawns until pink and cooked through, approx. 3-4 mins.
2. Using two forks or a knife, shred or chop the prawn meat.
3. In a large non-metallic bowl, mix the chopped prawns, peppercorns, salt, nutmeg and lemon juice.
4. Gently heat 200g clarified butter in a pan until liquid then pour around two-thirds onto the spiced prawns mixture. Stir to mix.
5. Divide the mixture between two ramekins (or four if you prefer smaller portions), then divide the chopped tarragon leaves between the ramekins.
6. Add the rest of the clarified butter and ensure prawns are completely covered.
7. Put in the fridge to set. You can leave them for a couple of days as the set butter acts as a seal.
8. When you’re ready to serve, bake or toast a couple of thick slices of bread.
9. Serve the prawns on top with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh rocket leaves.
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