A quick, piquant seafood dish using the prawns you have strategically lodged in your freezer for exactly such an occasion. I know that seafood al forno doesn’t exactly scream ‘scratch lunch’, but truly, this thing really can be assembled in ten minutes. The sauce gets its heat from garlic and chilli and its sharpness from lemon. The recipe will serve two generously for lunch – scale up if you have more guests, and don’t overlook the fact that this dish provides a very sympathetic opportunity for crusty bread.
Preheat your grill to medium.
To speed-defrost your prawns, separate them out, zip them into a snap-lock bag and immerse the bag in a sink full of lukewarm water.
While that’s happening, place a small, ovenproof frying pan over low–medium heat and add the oil. Sauté the garlic, anchovy and chilli flakes until the anchovy disintegrates. Add the tomatoes, squishing them with your wooden spoon. Add the tomato paste and lemon juice and cook down until the sauce has lost its wateriness. Season with pepper.
Okay – now it’s time for the big finish. Poke your defrosted prawns into the sauce so they’re mostly submerged. Crumble the feta over the top and drizzle with a little extra olive oil. Place under the grill and cook until everything’s bubbling, the feta has browned and the prawns have gone pink in their tomato bath. This should take about 10 minutes.
Garnish with basil leaves and serve with crusty bread.
Make It Gluten-free
Serve with gluten-free bread – or with none.
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