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Chargrilled prawns with salmorejo and pancetta

You'll need

1 egg, at room temperature 12 green king prawns, peeled, head and tails intact, cleaned 1 garlic clove, crushed with a mortar and pestle ¼ cup (firmly packed) flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped ½ lemon, juice only 1 tbsp olive oil 4 thin slices of pancetta   Salmorejo 200 gm very ripe vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 small garlic clove, crushed 50 gm crustless two-day-old bread, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling


  • 01
  • For salmorejo, process tomato and garlic in a food processor until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve, discarding solids. Place bread in food processor, add tomato juice and pulse to combine, then rest for 15 minutes. Season to taste with sea salt. With motor running, gradually add olive oil and 40ml chilled water and process until mixture is smooth and velvety. Set aside.
  • 02
  • Cook egg in a saucepan of boiling water until hard boiled (7-9 minutes). Cool under running water, peel, coarsely chop, place in a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  • 03
  • Combine prawns, garlic, 1 tsp parsley, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl. Season to taste and set aside.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, preheat a grill on high heat. Place pancetta on a lightly greased oven tray and grill until crisp and golden (3-5 minutes each side). Cool, then crumble.
  • 05
  • Heat a barbecue or chargrill plate on high. Cook prawns, turning once, until just cooked through (2-3 minutes each side). Spoon salmorejo evenly into 4 serving dishes, top with 3 prawns and scatter chopped egg, crumbled pancetta and remaining parsley over. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

“Loved the prawn tapa with chopped egg and pancetta at Melbourne’s Añada. Would Jesse Gerner be willing to share the recipe?”
John Conway, Albert Park, Vic

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  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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