prawns in cream

Nutty, creamy, and fragrant, these prawn canapes will add a touch of decadence to any dinner party. Recipe by Theo Michaels.

  1. Gently fry the onion and garlic in the butter and oil until soft and translucent (slow gentle heat).
  2. Add the Amaretto and flambe, then turn off the heat.
  3. Add the cream and gently warm through, add a splash of water to loosen the sauce if too thick and put to one side.
  4. In a separate pan, sear the prawns in a little olive oil until cooked through then turn off the heat, let cool for a minute before pouring in the sauce.
  5. Warm through, add a tiny bit of lemon juice, season and taste. You want a balance of warmth and sweetness from the disaronno but balanced with the salt and just a touch of the lemon juice to offset the sweetness..
  6. You may at this stage need to add some more water to loosen.
  7. Garnish with a sprinkle of chives and flaked almonds.


  • Author: Theo Michaels
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  • Serves: 12


  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • Tablespoon of butter
  • Dozen king prawns (the bigger the better!)
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • Shot of amaretto or disaronno
  • Shot of double cream
  • Chives finely chopped
  • Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Tablespoon or two of water
  • Toasted almond flakes