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Warm Roast Potato and Shrimp Salad

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“This simple but smart dish is actually meant to to be eaten when ready and still warm. If you rather want this as a cold salad, parboil the potato slices gently until just cooked through, and cool, and do the same with the prawns.Please taste the dressing, as mayonnaises differ so much, from bland to too tangy! Home-made is still the best, but then one needs a little more time! So adjust the dressing to your taste, especially the lime-lemon juice! You will see from my instructions that I often use pinches and splashes, so I have to explain carefully!!!”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 large potatoes (or 8 smaller ones, or baby potatoes, about 2 - 2 1/2 lb)
  • 4 tablespoons oil (of your taste)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 lb shrimp (large, headless, peeled, raw, can be frozen, 500g)
  • 12 cup cream (not a thick cream)
  • 12 cup mayonnaise (not too bland)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest (or lemon zest)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard, smooth
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped (about, can use more or less)
  • 1 tablespoon salt, flaky sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 deg F/200 deg Celsius.
  2. (It's easiest to buy a prepared frozen pack of raw shrimps: these are easily defrosted in a sieve under a cold tap. Otherwise defrost overnight. Pat dry. You CAN use cooked prawns, but they are never as nice as when prepared from raw).
  3. Clean and peel potatoes, then slice into fairly thick rounds, about 1/3" thick. If using baby potatoes, keep whole and don't peel.
  4. In a bowl, toss the potato slices with the oil until the slices are coated. You may need more oil. Pack the slices flat in an oven dish, and put into the preheated oven. Roast for 25 minutes or until tender and golden brown.
  5. While the potatoes bake, toss the shrimps in butter in a hot pan, until they curl up and turn pink. This takes only a few minutes. You could add garlic if you like, and when you take the pan off the heat, sprinkle them with flaky sea salt. They can wait in the pan.
  6. In a bowl, whisk together the cream, mayonnaise, lime or lemon juice and zest, mustard and parsley, until smooth. If too thick, add a bit of milk. Taste for seasoning!
  7. Arrange the golden-brown potato slices on a warmed serving plate. Season well with flaky salt (you always need more of flaky salt, which is coarse, than fine salt).
  8. Scatter the shrimps over the potato slices, and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle over the coarse black pepper.
  9. Serve! Great with a tomato-and-onion salad, and fresh baguettes.

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