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I often wonder about the first person to order surf and turf at a fancy restaurant. Were they rich, or just indecisive? I can never make up my mind at restaurants, especially if they are very good at both steak and seafood. Which one do I want? Can I talk my husband into ordering one so I can have a "taste"? Really, I just want both.
Steak and lobster are often the most expensive things on the menu, and whenever I order the surf and turf, a voice in my head always says, wow, she really went there! Even if the surf and turf — a small steak and a lobster tail, shrimp, or crab leg — is not actually more expensive than a whole steak or lobster, it still feels like the culinary equivalent of standing between a BMW dealership and a Mercedes store and saying, "Why not both?"
Few things feel as fancy as surf and turf, but while steak and shellfish might seem like the ultimate indulgence, it's actually very easy to make at home. In fact, it's probably easier than most one-pot meals, because it cooks quickly without a lot of tools or preparation. Also, depending on what is on special at the grocery store, it can be a surprisingly economical meal choice.
This recipe from Little Spice Jar dresses New York strip steak and shrimp in a compound butter with garlic and herbs, for an easy weeknight meal that feels special enough for a birthday dinner.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Butter Skillet Steak and Shrimp from Little Spice Jar