Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tiger Prawn Nachos... A slight Change of plans!

The only after-Christmas sale he was interested in showing up
early for yesterday was the 50% off sale at LA Reynolds garden
shop. You see, he likes to wait until their after-Christmas, 50% off
sale because he doesn't mind buying Plants that look like this...

And, this afternoon we went back for More! I think they look dead... But
he insists they're just, Sleeping. I'm just going to take his Word for that!

After LA Reynolds we stopped at Brookberry Farm for a walk
All that remains of Bowman Gray's sprawling
country estate now is his magnificent barn!

I love this Barn!

If I could, I would pick it up and take it Home with me!
If you would like to see what Brookberry Farm looked like
before the property was developed, check out this video

During our walk he suggested that instead of making the
cioppino I planned for his dinner, I should just use the Tiger
prawns to make us both some killer-nachos for the game/dinner 

So I told him, I can do that!

Looks like someone smells seafood!

To make my tiger prawn nachos we'll need to line a baking
sheet with foil and spread out some tortilla chips. I like these
bite-size, white corn rounds by Tostitos. They're easy to handle!

Grating some colby/jack cheese using the large holes on my grater...

Sprinkle over the tortilla chips, like this!

I also grated an equal amount of colby/jack using the Smaller holes
on the grater. This is the cheese I will use to top the nachos after
the cooked prawns are added - for extra cheesy goodness!

Top the first layer of cheese with diced onion - Now I prefer red onion
but white or yellow onion will work just as well - I also like to add tomato
and cilantro to this initial layer too. If you prefer a little heat on your
nachos this is where you might add some chopped jalapeno. I'm a weenie
when it comes to heat so you won't catch me adding jalapenos to any dish

Time to prepare our prawns! First, add a little olive oil to the pan...

And to the oil, a tablespoon of butter too because
butter intensifies the flavor of good olive oil!

After the butter melts add your prawns in a single layer

Squeeze the juice of half a lime over them...

Add a dash or three of kosher salt

After three-four minutes, turn the prawns over. Add whatever
lime juice might be left in the lime half, and top with cilantro

Right here you could decide to splash a little white wine into the
pan and then pour all of this over a huge plate of fettuccine topped
with grated Parmesan cheese and spritzed with lemon juice - Yum!

But we're on the nacho-train tonight; therefore, half way through cooking
on this side, about two minutes, press 2-3 cloves of Garlic into the pan

Cook another couple of Minutes and then pour the
cooked prawns out of the pan and on top of your nachos

Top with the finely grated cheese and...

Try not to grab a prawn before you can get this back into the oven!

Bake at 400 degrees for eight minutes or until the cheese is melty

Top with more cilantro and more onions and more
diced tomato. But only if you're into that sort of thing!

And then... Serve it!

With a dollop of sour cream and some of my guacamole, please!

Finished off with just a squeeze of lemon juice too!

There you have it... Week 16, game-time
tiger prawn nachos, À la me!


  1. That barn is gorgeous. I'll fight ya for it!

    You make nachos looks so pretty. Now I want some!

  2. Wow! That looks like a meal not a snack :)

  3. Oh my goodness. I cannot believe how amazing those look. I must have some!! But my local market does not EVER carry good seafood! :(



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