Prawns in Alabama Sauce

A starter is not often necessary before the Christmas dinner but here is one which might fit the bill. This is a deluxe version of a prawn cocktail. I am asked to make this every Christmas and sometimes long for a change.



  • ½ red pepper
  • 4 sticks of celery, diced
  • 12oz prawns


  • 5 fl oz whipped double cream
  • 5 fl oz mayonnaise
  • A few drops of tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish cream
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed (optional)
  • Shredded lettuce to serve


  1. Make the dressing by combining all the sauce ingredients together. Chill.
  2. Shred lettuce and place a little in the base of each glass dish.
  3. Combine pepper, celery and prawns. Add dressing and mix together. Pile on top of lettuce.
  4. Decorate with whole prawns if possible and a wedge of lemon.
  5. Serve with brown bread and butter.

This can be made the day before needed and then assembled prior to the meal.