Simple Dinners 11 / Prawn Sliders with Lemon Fennel Slaw

Prawn Sliders with Lemon Fennel Slaw
I think there’s something so Australian about a beach picnic to make the most of our gorgeous summer days. It’s no surprise that I love picnics. I’m not sure what it is, but eating outdoors in a new place (or a favourite place) is really special. Sydney – you gorgeous city, you – is rich in beautiful picnic spots, though my current favourites are the insanely beautiful harbour beaches that are conveniently within walking distance of my house. My housemate and I often make a few sandwiches, bring a bottle of wine and head down to the beach for a spontaneous sunset picnic and a quick dip in the ocean. It makes me happy.

Australia Day is next weekend and if the weather is good that’s definitely where you’ll find me. I made these little prawn sliders on the weekend and it got me thinking that they’d be perfect to take along on your next picnic. I could ramble for hours about perfect picnic foods, but I think you can’t go wrong with a sandwich. They’re portable, easy to eat and endlessly adaptable. Mine had some fresh Aussie prawns with a delicious lemon and fennel slaw.

Prawn Sliders with Lemon Fennel Slaw
I think these little sliders can go seamlessly from beach picnic to dinner party, and would make a great appetiser too. I love the slaw most of all – it is crunchy and fresh, with a hint of sweetness from the apple and a light creamy buttermilk dressing. Fennel goes so well with many different things, which gives you options, so here are a couple of ways you could mix it up:

  • Try it with other seafood like lobster, shredded crab or smoked salmon
  • Make a variation on the slaw with shredded carrots and a lime and fish sauce dressing
  • Use large bread rolls instead of slider buns for a more substantial lunch
  • You could also use poached chicken instead of prawns. Delicious!
  • Add some homemade zucchini pickles. I think the acidity would work really well with the slaw.

Prawn Sliders with Lemon Fennel Slaw

Prawn Sliders with Lemon Fennel Slaw
Makes 8

  • 1/4 white cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cut into thin matchsticks
  • Half a bunch of chives, cut into 1cm lengths
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 200ml buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild mustard of your choice
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 400g fresh cooked prawns, peeled and cleaned
  • 8 small slider buns
  • Fennel fronds, to garnish
Combine cabbage, fennel, apple and chives in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl or glass jug combine lemon zest and juice, buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard and season to taste. Add the dressing a little at a time and toss through the slaw until coated. If you are taking these to a picnic, don’t dress the slaw until ready to serve.
To make the prawn sliders, cut buns and place a generous amount of coleslaw in each. Add prawns, drizzle over any extra dressing and garnish with fennel fronds.
Prawn Sliders with Lemon Fennel Slaw

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