Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tapas-style Garlic Prawns with Chorizo in new dishes

Believe it or not, this recipe came about because of a couple of stoneware serving dishes.
Take a look at these dishes and tell me if you don't think that they are the very, very  good-looking...(said in a Zoolander voice)...

They have the unfortunate name of 'Microstoven' because they can be used in the microwave, on the stove and in the oven.  But best of all, they are non-stick!  I saw the square baking dish first of all, then got the smaller round dishes when they went on sale (the dishes are by Maxwell and Williams, available from Myer and David Jones, etc).

I wasn't sure what to do with the round dishes, but they are the perfect size for tapas for two.  Here is a recipe for garlicky prawns and chorizo that does them justice. 

Garlic Prawns with Chorizo
serves 2

1 large chorizo sausage, sliced thinly
60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
400g large green (uncooked) prawns, peeled with tails intact
2 tblsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tblsp dry sherry
Lemon wedges, to serve

1.  Heat a large non-stick frypan over high heat.  Add the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp.  Transfer the chorizo to a plate lined with paper towel.
2.  Reduce frypan heat to low.  Add oil and garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute.  Add the prawns and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes or until the prawns curl and change colour.
3.  Add the chorizo, parsley and sherry to the pan and stir to combine.
4.  Divide the prawn and chorizo into serving dishes.
5.  Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Sliced chorizo sausage, ready for cooking

Garlic prawns with chorizo.  And yes, those are potato gems in the other dish.


  1. That's the perfect dish for your new dishes! And you're right the name is a bit nerdy.

  2. Perfect meal for those dishes. I have seen them around and love the colours.

  3. I love it! I gotta have theses dishes. The Spanish cazuelas I use for tapas are just as pretty but I am always scared to use them over the stove so this would be perfect. And, the dish looks really good - I want a piece of bread to mop up all that sauce!

  4. Great dishes! They are calling out for either garlic prawns or fried chorizo, so sticking them together is perfect :) Looks like a nice lighter version too, as so often you get these types of meals (in these types of dishes) swimming in oil or butter.

    Oh and you've gotten me nostalgic over potato gems, I haven't had them for ages!

  5. LOL the name is a little bit unfortunate but they look great! I want some! And that is the perfect thing to make in them :)

  6. What a perfect Combo Belle. Prawns and Chorizo. Yummmmm...

  7. What wonderful dishes, perfectly matched food for them! I secretly love potato gems too - just like mini hash browns!

  8. The dish looks so good! Chorizo and prawns. Can't go wrong at all. And the new cookware is fantastic. Microwaveable and non-stick. Need to check this out when I get back to Melb.

  9. great combo, especially for me as I "need" meat in my dishes!

  10. Haha somehow the name Microstoven feels like it should be said in a German accent (hehe to me at least :P ). Chorizo and prawns are such a great pair aren't they!

  11. oh those pots look so good. I need a good pot that can work on the stove AND in the oven! I might have to investigate for myself

  12. hi Arwen - hehe, nerdy is right. Good dishes, though.

    hi Anita - I was thinking of getting black dishes, but the bright red was 'happier'.

    hi Trissa - the real Spanish dishes are lovely, but like you, I'd be scared of damaging them. These dishes are cheap enough to use a little roughly.

    hi Conor - I've become a bit more health-conscious lately, so it's good to go light on the butter and oil. And go the potato gems - retro but good!

    hi Stephcookie - isn't it strange that garlic prawns is such a classic tapas dish? Regardless, it's delicious!

    hi A cupcake or two - I was trying to think of another combo but couldn't...prawns and chorizo it has to be!

    hi YaYa - that's exactly what gems are like, rich little hash browns!

    hi Penny - I've only used the dishes in the oven so far, and they've held up well. There shouldn't be any problems in the microwave because they're stoneware. Hope you are enjoying Bali!

    hi Howard - LOL! My other half is the same - must be a 'feed the man meat' thing!

    hi Lorraine - I thought the name Microstoven also sounds Swedish!

    hi Maria - you must check out casserole with the lid. It's like a Le Creuset.

  13. Microstoven! What a crackup. You certainly managed to make the unfortunately named dish look good though, judging by what you filled it with. :)

  14. I saw these dishes at Matchbox (do you have that chain in Sydney) and wasn't sure if they would be any good. Pretty nifty that it can be used in the oven and microwave though. I might look at getting some... though my kitchen cupboards are already filled to the brim!!

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