December 27, 2020
If you’re planning on staying home for New Year’s Eve, a great idea for nice, intimate dinner is a lovely feast of surf n’ turf. A juicy steak matched with some tender shrimp makes a great combination of delicacies from both the land and sea. Rumour has it surf n’ turf was first served at the 1962 World Fair and has remained a legendary dish since then. Also called “beef n’ reef,” surf n’ turf paired with sides like mashed potatoes and broccoli makes a perfect at-home New Year’s Eve meal.
Of course, surf n’ turf is commonly made on the grill outside, but given the frigid winter temps, this isn’t always an option. Luckily, there are plenty of alternative ways to create this scrumptious combination inside with the heat turned up.
Aside from the classic filet mignon, a boneless, marbled tri-tip steak or beef medallions can be cooked perfectly using the stove and the oven. Put the steaks into a cast-iron skillet with a bit of melted butter over the stove on medium-high heat and then cook for two minutes on each side. Place the skillet directly into the oven and cook at 425 degrees for about 5 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking. Be sure to keep an eye on thinner cuts to avoid overcooking.
Shrimp is the perfect accompaniment to steak. Shrimp is great grilled but can also be roasted in the oven at about 400 degrees after being thawed. To keep it simple, just toss in olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper on it, coat with the seasoning of your choice, and bake for approximately 7 minutes or whenever the shrimp is whitish-pink. You can also make these delicious crustaceans on the stovetop in just minutes if you have a skillet and some hot oil. Remove excess water by laying them on top of paper towels on a cookie sheet or pan. Season them however you’d like and then cook them in a skillet with simmering olive oil on medium-high heat. These will cook within a few minutes, so flip them often until the entire shrimp is opaque and the typical white/pink color.
Since we’re talking about a New Year’s Eve meal, why not make this one extra special and serve a favourite appetizer, a decadent dessert and some bubbly too?
Choose from our three sure-fire recipes: Top Sirloin Medallion with Shrimp and Parmesan Baked Mushrooms, for something a bit more filling, our Top Sirloin Medallion and Shrimp served with Roasted Tomato Salsa and Spanish Rice or for the ultimate cozy staying in meal, look at this Seared Top Sirloin Medallions with Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Mushrooms. Whether you need something fast, a feast fit for a celebration or something the whole family will love we hope our recipes will inspire you to Make It Tonight!
Seared Top Sirloin Medallions with Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Mushrooms
2 packages Top Sirloin Medallions & Shrimp
2 Tbsp. oil
2 Tbsp. + 2 Tbsp. butter
1½ cups mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup white wine
¼ cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Generously season top sirloin steaks with salt and pepper.
3. Add oil to a cast iron skillet and heat on high until hot.
4. Add the medallions and sear both sides. Make sure to roll the edges so they get a nicely caramelized crust.
5. Place steaks on wire rack on a baking pan.
6. Place in oven and cook the steak until probe thermometer reaches 48°C, about 5-10 minutes.
7. Remove the steaks from the oven, flip over, and let rest on a new rack in a warm place while you finish cooking.
8. While the steaks are resting, season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
9. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter until bubbly in the cast iron pan used for cooking the steaks.
10. Add the shrimp and cook the shrimp for about 1 minute per side until done
11, Remove shrimp from the pan and add 2 tbsp of butter and the mushrooms.
12. Sauté until caramelized, push mushrooms to one side of the pan, and in the open space add the garlic and toast.
13. Toss garlic into the mushrooms and then deglaze with white wine.
14. Cook the wine until almost gone and then add the cream. Reduce the cream until sauce consistency.
15. Season with parsley, salt and pepper.
16. Add the shrimp back to the mushroom sauce.
17. To plate, put steak onto plate and smother in the creamy garlic shrimp and mushroom sauce.
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