Sounds complicated? Not at all ! This is probably the easiest seafood you will ever prepare. It looks and tastes wonderful and will impress your guests no end. Served with a little smoked salmon this simple dish makes a perfect starter when entertaining on a summer's evening.
How to make Potted Shrimps:
If frozen, allow the shrimps to defrost, then blot dry on absorbent kitchen tissue. Place about two-thirds of the butter into a small pan and add all the spices and salt to taste. Add the shrimps and heat very gently for a few minutes (do not allow the butter to brown). Divide the mixture between two cocotte or ramekin dishes (small glazed dishes usually about 3½" in diameter by 1½" deep) and pack the prawns down tightly. Chill until set.
Heat the remaining butter until it has just melted, then pour it evenly over the shrimp mixture so that it forms an airtight seal. Cover and keep in the refrigerator for at least a day to help develop the flavour. Garnish each dish with a slice or twist of lemon and serve with hot whole-wheat toast.
If you do not have small ramekin dishes, you can put the whole mixture into a larger glazed dish and serve it from the centre of the table. The taste is just as good!