I was told about this recipe over supper one night (thanks Julie) and immediately looked it up. It is, without a shred of doubt, ridiculously 1970s in appearance but I tell you what, as a centrepiece at a party or as a shared starter with some warmed, fresh bread on the side, it’s absolutely sensational. It also has the added benefits of being ridiculously easy and very quick. Another accolades is that it quite clearly proves that not everything about the 1970s was cringe-worthy!!!! Give this one a go – they’ll laugh, it’ll be a talking point and then they’ll absolutely love it!
Serves 6 – 8
What you need…
1 x 22cm diametre, 4.5cm-deep savarin mould/baking dish, very lightly oiled with rapeseed oil
1 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
400g unsliced smoked salmon, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon, plus extra according to personal taste
200g full-fat cream cheese
450g double cream
Sea salt and black pepper
400g cooked jumbo king prawns, shelled
50g watercress or rocket
6 cooked tiger prawns or large crevettes to garnish (optional)
What to do…
Layer half of the cucumber into the mould, overlapping the slices as you go, until they cover the bottom of the mould. Set aside.
Into your food processor, tip the smoked salmon and the juice of 1 lemon. Whizz until smooth. Add the cream cheese and whizz again to thoroughly incorporate. Whilst the processor is running, slowly add the cream until the mixture is thickened and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Whizz. Taste. Add more seasoning and lemon juice to taste. Whizz again.
Carefully spoon half the mixture over the cucumber slices. Then arrange half the prawns, slightly overlapping as you go in a circle all the way around the middle of the mould. Cover with the remaining mousse and then arrange the left over cucumber over the top, in the same way as you did the first layer.
Cover with cling film and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until you are ready to serve.
To serve, run a small palette knife around the edge of the mould just to loosen it a little and then invert the mould onto a serving plate. You may need to gently tap the sides and top (I use a steak mallet!)
Once it’s delightfully plopped onto the plate, pile the watercress into the centre and top with the remaining prawns. Decorate with tiger prawns/crevettes if you are using and serve with wedges of lemon, warm fresh bread and chilled white wine. Simply lovely!
Really easy and quite the centrepiece of the table