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Bourbon BBQ Prawns with Greens

My friend Tamara Sell and her beautiful family spent four years working in New Orleans after Katrina.  While they were being of service they learned to love all sorts of New Orleans favorites.  I had something like this at her home, scribbled some notes on a piece of paper, stuck it in a pocket, and attempted to replicate it a few weeks later.  Spot prawns from Washington or B.C. are green-lighted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list.
    1 pound spot prawns
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    cup olive oil
    4 cloves garlic
    1 tablespoon Worchester sauce
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon salt
    teaspoon hot pepper sauce or red pepper flakes
    cup bourbon or whiskey
    1 bunch kale or Swiss chard
    1 lemon
  1. Thaw prawns if they are frozen by running cold water over them or allowing them to thaw in the     refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Peel and de-vein prawns leaving the tails on.
  4. In an oven proof pot (that has a lid) heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and olive oil over low heat
  5. Add garlic until aromatic (don't let it burn!).
  6. Add Worchester, paprika, oregano, pepper, salt, hot pepper and whiskey and allow mixture to simmer for about 4-5 minutes until it thickens slightly.  Add the prawns and stir.
  7. Cover the pot and pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  8. While that's happening, remove the stems from the chard.  Wash by dunking in a sink full of cold water then shake off excess moisture.  Stack leaves on top of each other, roll up and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  9. In a large skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of butter.  When it begins to bubble, add the greens. 
  10. Keep them moving with tongs until they wilt. Take a taste; should taste tender, not bitter.
  11. Remove prawns from oven and transfer prawns to a separate bowl with a slotted spoon.  Bring remaining sauce to a low simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes to thicken.  Serve prawns with greens over rice, grits or (my favorite) polenta.
  12. Spoon some of the reduced sauce in the pot over the shrimp and greens, and then squeeze lemon over the all for a final touch.
Preparations time: 25 minutes
Makes 2 large or 4 small servings


Hillary Mizia
This is simply delicious. Words overheard at dinner tonight from my hubby and two kids in regard to this dish: stellar, amazing, the best shrimp, and soooo good. Thanks for another winner recipe! (Oh, and I served this cornbread; it was a great match.)
July 23, 2012, 7:35 pm

Can't wait to try this recipe! What kind of Worchester sauce do you use? It looks a lot thicker than what I have seen. Thank you!
May 30, 2013, 1:42 pm

Mary Brockert
Love this recipe! I have made it many times and it is always delicious! Quick to make, too!
February 20, 2015, 7:08 pm

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