It’s a Valentine’s Dinner that says I Love You!

Valentine’s Day…. it’s a great day to make a special dinner for someone you love. So let’s do a very simple but special Surf and Turf. It uses shrimp instead of lobster, so it’s a little easier on the pocketbook. Make it tonight or this weekend, open a bottle of wine and say… I love you. Shrimp always does it for me.

Love You Surf and Turf

For the Herb Oil:

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Surf and Turf:
6 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails intact)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus 2 to 3 sprigs
Freshly ground pepper
6 slices pancetta (about 2 ounces)
1 10-ounce piece beef tenderloin, trimmed
Sea salt
8 asparagus spears
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Prepare the surf and turf: Toss the shrimp, olive oil, lemon juice, chopped thyme, and pepper to taste in a bowl. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of pancetta. Preheat the broiler. Arrange the shrimp on a foil-lined broiler pan. Season the beef with sea salt and pepper, press the thyme sprigs into the meat and set aside. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Put the asparagus in a microwave-safe dish with 1/4 cup water and a pinch of sea salt. Heat a medium ovenproof skillet over high heat and add the butter. When the foam subsides, sear the beef until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Using tongs, hold the meat and brown the sides. Transfer the skillet to the broiler and cook until a thermometer inserted into the beef registers 125 degrees F for medium rare, about 4 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board to rest while you cook the shrimp.
Broil the shrimp until the pancetta is crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Meanwhile, microwave the asparagus until tender, about 2 minutes. Slice the beef into 4 pieces. Serve with the shrimp, herb oil and asparagus.

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