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Friday, February 12, 2010

Surf and Turf Extravaganza

How much do I LOVE thee? 
Love bigger than the universe, unconditional, and well.........enough to go outside in - 20*c blistery Canadian winter weather to create something that goes beyond the heart. Yes, you guessed it.... I go straight to the stomach.
Forget chocolate, forget candy and flowers....I'm talkin' surf and turf!  A wonderful extravaganza of steak and seafood to  warm the depths of my woman's entire inner being and well, mine too!
After all, Valentine's day is about the love we have for each other and sharing the things we love.
Our menu for this great evening goes as follows:
10oz. bacon wrapped fillet mignon, seared to a medium rare perfection

Grilled calamari
Seared Jumbo scallops
Garlic and butter drenched grilled shrimp
Tender charred octopus

Salad of fresh greens in a citrus vinaigrette
and .............
well we skipped the desert to cap off the evening with each others' company.

In preparing this meal I start with the octopus. If not cooked correctly, octopus can be tough and chewy and quite undesirable.
Place a large pot on stove top on high heat, then drop octopus in and cover. Almost instantly the octopus will begin to release its liquids. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Once cooked remove from pot and discard liquid.Cut into pieces and set aside for grilling. This process ensures  the octopus is tender.

Make sure calamari are clean and make several cuts 1 inch long  across entire body.
Shrimp should be deveined and clean before grilling.
Scallops need no preperation.

Basting liquid for grilling seafood:
In a bowl melt 1/2 cup of butter and add 4 Tbsp. olive oil, some salt and pepper
Chop 4 cloves of garlic and some fresh basil and add to bowl.

Pre heat grill to super high heat.
Grill steak 4 minutes per side. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Place all the seafood on the grill and baste immediately.
Shrimp are to be cooked 2 minutes per side.
Calamari, 2 minutes per side
Scallops 4 minutes per side
Octopus,  5 minutes per side
Seafood can be basted 2-3 times while cooking.

Sounds complicated? Well it just takes a little concentration and good timing and for the love of your life and a little hard work in front of a scorching hot grill on one of the coldest days of winter is all worth it!

Baby I love you! Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day.


DARaiente said...

Danny, that looks AWESOME! With a meal like that, no woman can resist! What a masterpiece!!
(leave out the octopus on my plate)

whozyerdanny said...

Thank you! I know many people get squeamish when it comes to octopus but it really is amazing just like other seafood. Give it a try...


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