For a dramatic starter, toss head-on prawns with our French interpretation of pesto: basil, parsley, anchovies, almonds, oil, garlic, and seasonings.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2005


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet in oven, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely; coarsely chop.

  • Process almonds, basil, parsley, anchovies, and garlic in a food processor until combined. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, and process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup pistou for dipping.

  • Heat a grill to medium-high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grate for just 3 to 4 seconds). Toss prawns with remaining pistou. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 1/2 minutes per side; season with salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges and reserved pistou for dipping.

Cook's Notes

You can substitute one pound of large shrimp with shells for the prawns.