A prawn bake with a cheesy courgette bechamel
Whilst the work is going on with the kitchen I haven’t stopped buying food. The majority of the food I had bought was for freezing and I guess that was a sign of my cooking withdrawal setting in. The kitchen isn’t finished yet but I can now cook! I had a bag of frozen prawns and some leftover cheese, what a perfect combination for a prawn bake, like a fish pie but with only prawns.
A cheesy prawn bake
preparation time 20 minutes
cooking time about 15 minutes or until browned
oven 225C or 440F
- 1 bag of frozen peeled prawns, 350 gram or 12 oz
- cheese for the bechamel, I used cheddar and brie but anything you prefer
- 3 heaped tbsp plain flour
- 3 tbsp butter
- milk, I used about 2 dl or 1 cup
- 1/2 large courgette/zucchini
- fresh spinach
- salt & white pepper
- 4 white potatoes
- salt & white pepper
Start with the mash. As I was using cheese and butter for the bechamel I wanted to make it light and healthy and only used semi skimmed milk. Peel the potatoes and cut them in to chunks. Boil them soft.
Whilst the mash it boiling make the bechamel. I usually thicken my sauce with corn starch but I wanted to make it thick as I was mixing it with the courgette and the frozen prawns would have water in them as well so I made a roux, a mix of four and butter as a base.
I started by peeling the courgette and removing the seeds.
I then steamed the courgette soft and placed in the blender and set aside until ready. This is a great way to add more vegetable to your food and it works with butternut squash as well.
I melted the butter and added the flour, it needs a minute or so to cook out and make sure that there won’t be any taste of “raw” flour. I then added milk whilst whisking it smooth. Once I had the consistency I wanted to added the courgette.
I re heated the sauce, grated the cheddar cheese and chopped up the brie.
Once the sauce is hot take it off the heat and let cool slightly before adding the cheese. Stir until melted and add the dill. taste with salt and pepper.
When you are happy with the flavor add the spinach leaves and put the lid on whilst making the mash.
Place the prawns in an ovenproof, buttered dish. Pour over the sauce and add the mashed potatoes. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the mash has nice, browned tops. Everything is already cooked and if you cook it for too long it might risk the prawns overcooking.
There is a lot of vegetables in the dish already so I didn’t have a salad on the side. It looked a bit like a mess on the plate but it was pure comfort food! I didn’t miss the fish as there was plenty of prawns and I was so happy I had raided the freezer!
It is not the prettiest food I have made but it was delicious so I am, very last minute, bringing this to the Fiesta Friday party! I just don’t want to miss out 🙂 It is a great place to meet other bloggers, have a look around and get inspired! Fiesta Friday is hosted by the very talented Angie, host of the blog The Novice Gardener. Angie hosts this every week and we are all so happy to join her!
This week Fiesta Friday is co hosted by two very talented bloggers, have a look at their blogs and if you are like me it will make you drool just a little at some of the very delicious looking recipes! Elaine, foodbod, and Prudy, Butter, basil and Breadcrumbs.
I am hoping that I will have more time for the next party to bring something a little more exciting, but for this time I am bringing a big bowl of comfort.