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Thursday, May 3, 2012

30 Minute Sweetheart Dinner


Ever gone out for a romantic dinner only to be disappointed by the noise level of the restaurant, food that didn’t quite measure up, or felt rushed by the wait staff to move along for the their next seating?  We have and more than once.
Are you tempted to try something different, skip the crowded restaurants, though not sure you can pull-off a sweetheart dinner at home?
Scampi-Style Steak and Scallops is an impressive dish, takes only a few minutes to prepare, and the cost will be easier to stomach too. Tenderloin steak is seared in butter then finished with scallops in subtle accents of lemon zest, white wine, garlic, and fresh basil creating surf-n-turf heaven.
The key is quality ingredients, so choose fresh lemon and herbs, large scallops, and tenderloin steaks—beef tenderloin (the wider end of the loin) or filet mignon (the small, forward end of the loin) is the ideal cut for its tenderness and ease of preparation. Of course, this recipe works just as well with colossal shrimp if sea scallops are not available.
Take care to set the table and prep ingredients before you begin cooking since the entire process will only take about 20 minutes.  While the asparagus roasts, you will be busy at the stove with the scallops and steak; both should be done at the same time. Feel free to include a crusty loaf of bread with dinner so you can soak up and savor every lemon-garlic-buttery bite.

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Scampi Style Steak & Scallops

2 medium beef tenderloin steaks
3 tbsp. butter
¼ c. green onion -- chopped fine
3 large cloves garlic -- minced
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
6 large sea scallops -- peeled and deveined
¼ c. dry white wine
2 tbsp. lemon juice -- fresh squeezed
1 tbsp. minced parsley
1 tbsp. fresh basil -- chiffonade
¼ tsp. lemon zest
Dash hot pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Season steaks with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, preferably cast iron, heat 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat until hot and bubbly. Add steaks to skillet and cook 5-7 minutes per side for medium-rare. After steaks are seared on one side and ready to be turned, add scallops to the skillet to sear, 1-2 minutes on each side, right beside the steaks, but not touching.
After starting steaks in the skillet, begin to make the sauce. In a medium skillet or saucepan, sauté onion and garlic over medium heat in 2 tablespoons olive oil until fragrant. Add wine and lemon juice; simmer to reduce slightly, 1-2 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted into the sauce.
When the scallops are seared on each side, stir the fresh parsley, lemon zest, basil, and hot pepper sauce into the scampi sauce.
Reduce heat to low, add seared scallops, spooning the sauce over the scallops. When the steaks are seared, add to the pan with the scallops and spoon sauce over the steaks.
Serve immediately with additional sauce over both the scallops and the steak.

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