Prawn Broth with Prawn and Cauliflower Dumplings

Ingredients 

  • 250g green prawns
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 3 stalks parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Star anise
  • 3 peppercorns
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon castor sugar
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Dumplings

  • 1 shallot
  • 50g cauliflower
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 egg white
  • 70 - 100 ml cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

Peel prawns, saving meat for dumplings and keeping shells and heads for broth.
To make the broth, peel and roughly dice onion and carrot. Roughly chop the fennel. Heat the olive oil over a moderate flame in a large heavy-based saucepan, then sauté onion until lightly caramelised, stirring regularly.

Whiz fennel, carrot, prawn shells and peeled garlic with egg whites in a food processor for a couple of minutes to form a coarse paste. Roughly chop tomatoes and add to onion with paste. Pour in 1 litre of water, then add herbs, peppercorns, star anise, orange zest and sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Do not stir!

Remove raft and gently ladle broth through a fine meshed strainer lined with muslin (you can use a clean tea-towel), then season to taste with salt.

To make the dumplings:

Trim and finely slice spring onion and break cauliflower into florets 1-2cm pcs. Heat a little prawn broth (or water if you are doing at the same time) and blanch cauliflower for a minute or so until just tender, then remove to drain and cool.

Whiz garlic, egg white and three quarters of the reserved prawn meat in a food processor for several minutes to form a paste, then tip into a bowl and fold in cream (just enough to bind the mix together without making it too wet), salt and spring onion.

Roughly chop remaining prawn meat and add to dumpling mixture with drained cauliflower.
Just before serving bring broth to a boil over a high flame. When hot, ladle a cup of broth into a smaller pan over a low flame.

Using 2 teaspoons, place scoops (quenelles) of the dumpling mixture into the smaller pan. Simmer dumplings gently for 3 minutes until firm and cooked.

Then divide them between warmed bowls using a slotted spoon. Ensure the main broth is boiling before ladling it over the dumplings, then drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and serve. Garnish with a freshly chopped chilli and shallot.