Dinner · Recipes

Valentine’s Day Special Dinner – Surf & Turf

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  I decided to cook a special dinner for the family.  I recently bought a Tfal OptiGrill.  I bought it instead of a George Foreman Grill since it is suppose to let you know when your meat is cooked to rare, medium, or well.  So I decided to buy it.  I’ve had it a little over a week and used it about 3 times.  I decided to use it to make most of the valentine’s dinner.  The theme I landed on was Surf & Turf.  So I bought some New York Strip Steaks, Lobster Tails, and Shrimp.

For the New York Strip Steaks I marinated them the night before in my favorite marinade, Zia’s Fat Free Sweet Italian dressing.  That is all it takes.  You can top it with a good steak butter or what I used, just some A1 sauce.

While the steak was cooking I started cooking the side dish.  I cooked some minute brown rice.

Since I was grilling the Lobster tail in an indoor grill, I pulled the tail completely out of the shell and put it on a wood skewer.  I made a lemon butter sauce (3 tbps of butter melted, half a lemon squeezed, and one mined garlic glove).  I brushed it with butter before I put it on the grill.  Then brushed it with more butter when I pulled it off.

I marinaded the shrimp in a honey soy sauce (1/2 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2 minced garlic gloves, and 1/2 tsp salt).  I used half of the sauce to marinate the shrimp.  I placed it in a plastic ziploc bag and marinated for about 15 mintues before I put it on the grill.  The other half, I poured into a pot and simmered till it thickened.  I put the shrimp on a skewer before putting them on the grill.  After I pulled them off, I placed them on top of the brown rice and then brushed the remaining honey soy sauce on top.

The plate, to me, looked like something you would get from a steak house.  It turned out great.  It ended up being a lot of food, but I enjoyed every bite.  For my daughter I put only the rice and shrimp on her plate.  She likes shrimp but wasn’t digging the lobster.  She tasted the steak and gave it a thumps up.  I would definitely make this again!


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