Christmas Retro Prawn Cocktail in Lettuce Cups

Transport yourself back to the 80s with a retro prawn cocktail. Plump, juicy King Prawns tossed in a pink Rose Marie sauce and served in simple lettuce cups for the ultimate Christmas appetisers or New Year’s canapés.
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1 bag Donegal Catch Atlantic Prawns

100ml mayonnaise

2 tablespoons tomato ketchup

Pinch cayenne pepper

Dash Tabasco

Dash Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon lemon juice, plus wedges to serve

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 head little gem lettuce, separated into leaves

Freshly chopped chives, to garnish


  1. Thoroughly defrost the prawns before use by placing onto a plate, wrapping in cling film and placing into the fridge to defrost for at least 8 hours. Use the prawns on the day of defrosting.
  2. When the prawns are defrosted, chop most of them into 3 and place in a bowl - leave a few whole for decoration later.
  3. For the Marie Rose sauce, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup, cayenne, Tabasco, Worcestershire, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix through the chopped prawns and then pile into your lettuce leaves.
  4. Arrange on a serving platter and then sprinkle with chives to finish. Serve with extra lemon wedges for squeezing. Perfect for a Christmas canapé table.

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