Chinese New Year Spicy Gratin with prawns


This cheesy, chilli gratin, made with Gouda cheese, makes a perfect spicy starter. The delicate spice of the chilli flakes combined with the cheese tastes delicious with the prawns.


Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


250 g (9 oz) raw King or Tiger prawns, shelled

Juice 1 lime

15 ml (1 tbsp) oil

1 red onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

125 g (4 oz) Gouda, grated

Few drops of Tabasco sauce

300 ml (½ pt) crème fraîche

Sprinkle of chilli flakes


  1. Remove the black thread from the prawns, then place in a bowl and pour over the lime juice.


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and garlic over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes, until softened.


  1. Drain the lime juice from the prawns and divide the prawns between 4 small gratin dishes. Season well. In a bowl, mix together the grated Gouda, chilli flakes, tabasco and crème fraîche, then spoon this mixture over the prawns.


  1. Place the dishes on a baking tray and cook under a preheated moderate-heat grill for 5-6 minutes until golden and bubbling and the prawns are cooked through and have turned pink.

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