Little mouthfuls of peppery prawns mixed with sweet potato and Asian flavours.
Now, I realise that Szechuan Prawn and Sweet Potato Poppers is a tongue twister of a recipe name but it’s fun to say, don’t ya think? And these perfect little prawny mouthfuls are fun too. Plus, they taste reeeeallly good, which is important in a good recipe.
I’m a big fan of Szechuan pepper. If you haven’t tried it before, grab some next time you’re at the supermarket and just chew on one. Make sure to purchase them first. I’m fairly sure opening the pack and trying before purchasing will be frowned upon. Anyway, when you do try it you’ll taste a bit of a lemony, peppery thing going on but you may also notice a slight numbing effect too. Interestingly, szechuan pepper isn’t a pepper at all. It’s a dried berry.
A little while back we had my parents over for a ‘Vietnamese Banquet’ and one of the recipes I made were Prawn and Sweet Potato cakes. Well, this recipe isn’t those 🙂 However, they were the inspiration for these little Szechuan Prawn Poppers. The sweet potato sounds like an interesting addition but it works a treat and these little morsels are the perfect size to wrap in a little piece of lettuce and shove whole into your gob.
I love the freshness of Vietnamese food and I wanted to keep it that way – fresh and light. So, in true Vietnamese fashion, I used lettuce leaves as a mini edible plate and added a variety of herbs too, and they transformed into little zingy flavour bombs.
They cook so quickly in only minimal oil, keeping them a healthy option. These poppers make a great share food. Serve them with a mountain of fresh lettuce and herbs and some sweet chilli sauce on the side and share the love. Or just keep them all for yourself 🙂
So get to it. Szechuan Prawn Poppers for all.