Moro’s recipes for sweetcorn and labneh dip, and spiced potted shrimp | Christmas food and drink | The Guardian

Moro co-founders Sam and Sam Clark offer up a delicious side and a spiced twist on traditional potted shrimps

C hristmas parties don’t have to mean pigs in blankets and mince pies. We like to put twists on classics, such as potted shrimp, which we’ve given a Moorish and Christmassy spin by infusing the nutty butter with spices. This needs to be prepared well ahead, to give the butter time to set, so it’s super-easy for a party: simply spread it on warm toast and serve. The dip, meanwhile, is wonderful for any festive occasion: sweetcorn combined with coriander, sun-dried tomato, garlic and creamy labneh (strained yoghurt), all scooped up with pitta or flatbread. Fish Roe Eggs

Moro’s recipes for sweetcorn and labneh dip, and spiced potted shrimp  | Christmas food and drink | The Guardian

Do not underestimate tinned sweetcorn. This is also delicious as a side to pork or chicken.

Prep 10 min Cook 10 min Serves 4 75g butter 3 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped 1 tbsp roughly ground coriander seeds 4 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped (we use the dehydrated ones and soak them in just-boiled water until soft) 5 tbsp chopped coriander ½ level tsp hot paprika 250g tinned sweetcorn 150g cream cheese 500g Greek yoghurt, strained 2-4 flatbreads or pittas, warmed

Melt the butter in a saucepan on a medium heat and cook, stirring, for three to five minutes, until it starts to caramelise (when the white bits of whey turn golden). Add the spring onions, garlic and coriander seeds, and cook, stirring, for three minutes more, until soft and sweet.

Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, fresh coriander and paprika, fry for a minute more, then add the sweetcorn and season. Puree a quarter of the mixture, adding a splash of water to loosen it if it is very thick, then stir back into the rest of the corn.

To make the labneh, combine the cream cheese and yoghurt, season with salt to taste and spread out on a large plate. Spoon the hot sweetcorn mix over the labneh and serve with warm flatbreads or pittas.

We all know and love potted shrimps, but the addition of spices – nutmeg, black pepper, bay and fennel seeds – to the caramelised brown butter makes this classic even more delicious.

Prep 5 min Cook 15 min Set 2 hr + Serves 4

150g unsalted butter 2 bay leaves (fresh, ideally) 1 whole nutmeg, finely grated A pinch of cayenne or hot paprika ½ tsp ground fennel seeds ¼ tsp ground black pepper A squeeze of lemon juice 200g peeled brown shrimps Toast or crispbread, to serve

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In a small pan, melt the butter with the bay leaves over a low heat – the butter will separate, but carry on cooking it until the white, milky bits of whey start to caramelise and turn golden. Add the nutmeg, cayenne, fennel seeds and pepper, and cook for another minute or so, stirring occasionally to prevent anything sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Squeeze a little lemon juice over the shrimps, then stir them into the hot butter. Season with salt, cook for 30 seconds, then scoop out the shrimps with a slotted spoon and transfer to four small ramekins (or one larger dish). Press them down with the back of the spoon, then pour over the warm butter and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours, until set. This can be done well in advance.

Serve with toast or crispbread.

Moro’s recipes for sweetcorn and labneh dip, and spiced potted shrimp  | Christmas food and drink | The Guardian

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