Monday, January 10, 2011

Surf and Turf Skewers

Sometimes, even though it is freezing cold and 100% winter, I need a little taste of summer to keep me going. I need to pseudo-grill, and I am willing to pay exorbitant prices for fresh herbs that I used to have in my garden (for free, well not free, but pretty much). Sometimes I really want fish, but the boyfriend really wants steak. And I think, hey I think there is a name for that, I believe they call it "Surf and Turf". No I don't have lobster for you, I wish I did, but it's a little harder to (and more expensive) to come by, but I do have a smaller shellfish cousin (and some steak) in a lovely herbaceous and garlicky marinade, to chase away all your winter blues.

Surf and Turf Skewers:
3/4 lb of shrimp
1 Strip Steak
1 green pepper
1 poblano pepper
2 onions
1/2 cup of parsley
1 cup of cilantro
1/2 shallot
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 lime, juiced
3/4 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of pepper
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes

In a food processor pulse the parsley, cilantro, shallot, and garlic until finely chopped and slightly paste like. Add in the olive oil and citrus juice, and pulse a few times until incorporated. Stir in salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cut the steak into large bite size chunks, roughly the same size. Put them in a plastic bag, and spoon in about a third of the marinade, enough to coat the pieces. Marinade for at least 30 minutes. Soak bamboo skewers in water. Pre-heat the boiler with the rack in the upper third of the oven, and line the broiler pan with tinfoil and grease. Peel and devein shrimp, put in a container with an additional third of the marinade, stirring so all shrimp are coated. Cut the peppers and onion into large bite size pieces. Skewer the veggies. Place them on the broiler pan and into the oven. Next, skewer the meat. Add them to the pan when the veggies have been cooking for about 5 minutes. Finally, skewer the shrimp, and add them to the pan when the meat has been cooking for about 4 minutes. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or until meat is cooked to desired level and shrimp are pink and curled. Remove from the oven. Serve with rice or your favorite starchy side.

Happy Eating.



  1. Yum! I fire up my gas grill all year long. It's the best thing for shaking those winter blues!

  2. Good idea to separate the surf, turf, n veg - perfect party food too!


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