Prawns alla busara

3 Jul

Prawns buzara

I’ve been wanting to cook prawns alla busara ever since I saw Rick Stein prepare them on the Croatia segment of his Venice to Istanbul cookery show.

By the time he’d rustled up a delicious-looking plate of prawns bathed in a wine-rich tomato sauce, my mouth was watering.

Prawns alla busara are a ‘roll up your sleeves, and paper towels at the ready’ kind of dish. I guarantee you won’t want to leave any of the sauce, so serve these prawns with crusty bread to wipe the plates clean.

The number of people it serves depends on the size of the prawns, and whether it’s a starter, the main event, or part of a tapas-style meal.

Prawns buzara
(serves 3-4)

  • 3 Tb olive oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb tomato paste
  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • a pinch of chilli flakes
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 100ml water
  • 24 large shell-on prawns
  • 1 Tb bread crumbs
  • black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley, to serve
  1. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the shallots and garlic until softened.
  2. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, chilli flakes and saffron and cook a couple of minutes more.
  3. Add the wine and water, bring to boil, then reduce the heat and leave the sauce to simmer for about twenty minutes.
  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a separate frying pan. Cook the prawns for a couple of minutes (until just pink), then add to the sauce, tossing to coat. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Stir in the bread crumbs, cook a couple of minutes more, then turn off the heat.
  6. Drizzle the prawns with olive oil and scatter with fresh parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Family score: 9.25 out of 10

2 Responses to “Prawns alla busara”

  1. Margo July 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Will be sure to try this one as I just got prawns from our local fisherman. Any hints on how to handle the obvious mess?

    • Andrea July 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      Wear dark clothes…;-) and lots of paper towels!

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