Prawns & Plantain Clusters

Funke Koleosho's Prawns & Plantain Clusters

Nigerians are very social people and love it or not, they will always receive and entertain guests ranging from school friends, old school mates, neighbours, work colleagues, not to talk of countless close and distant relatives which include in-laws, 1st cousins, 2nd cousins, nth cousins etc, etc, etc. This means only one thing; the host/hostess, is EXPECTED to cater for all these guests!!!

Often times I get tired of serving (or they (the guests) get tired of being served) the same ol' rice or pounded yam dishes. I have consequently come up with different varieties of small chops which I serve to guests and believe me, 99% of the time, my guests do get their satisfaction, with no need to serve any of those other monotonous traditional entertainment dishes. (I have to confess that there are a few "old-school" great uncles/aunts who would still insist on eating pounded yam and for those ones, I simply give onto Caesar what is Caesar's...)

Today's recipe is one of my very simple and straightforward small chops recipes. Trust me, with a selection of good drinks, cocktails...and a combination of other exciting canapés/small chops, your guests will be well catered to...

  • 3 large ripe plantains 
  •  8-10 pieces of raw jumbo prawns 
  • Red peppers (Dice) 
  • Green peppers (Dice) 
  • Iceberg lettuce (Shred finely) 
  • Salt 
  • 2-3 tablespoons of plain flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of suya spice (or any other seasoning you prefer)

What to do:
  1. Peel the plantains and slice across the width to produce circular slices. Then cut each circular slice into halves. 
  2. Mix the suya spice with the flour and dust onto the sliced plantains. The flour coats each piece and avoids them sticking together. Deep fry the plantain pieces, preferably in coconut oil, drain excess oil (using disposable kitchen towels) and set aside. 
  3. Depending on the size of the prawns, cut into chunks equal to the size of the sliced plantains. Season with a pinch of salt and grill or pan fry. Set aside to cool and allow excess oil to drain off. 
  4. To serve, skewer plantain, prawn and diced pepper pieces on cocktail sticks. Serve on a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce.

Prawns & Plantain Clusters

Done! This can also be served with a side spicy pepper sauce. This recipe will make up to 15 sticks depending on the size of your sliced plantains/prawns.

Read about the nutritional benefit of Plantains here.

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