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Surf and Turf goodness

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Happy new year one and all!

So after an eventful Christmas and New year I’m still trying to get through the huge amount of prawns Ive got in the freezer. I also had a nice bit of eye fillet so it was all pointing towards a bit of surf and turf.

Now I still have some of this really nice Garlic Relish that I got from Snowy Mountains Garlic. I had an idea to do some oven roasted garlic prawns and use this relish in some way. So here’s what I did.

Get yourself the following

  • Snowy Mountains Garlic Relish
  • Any kind of large prawns. I’m using Tiger prawns – about 500 grams. Slice the back of them part way through so they butterfly out when the cook.
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic finely smashed up and finely chopped.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pecorino Cheese or Reggiano Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Lemon

1. ok so smash up and finely chop the garlic. Add this to the prawns, the juice from 1 lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a bit of red chilli if you like a bit of spice. Mix well and put to one side.

2. Now turn your oven on to about 200°C, pop in a roasting tray to heat up.  While this is heating up get the garlic relish and spoon some on a plate, add a dash of olive oil and smush up the relish a bit. Once the tray has heated up add the prawns, then add the relish spooned on top of each prawn then pop in the oven for about 6-7 mins.

3. Now remove the prawns from the oven turn the grill on and add a the garlic relish on top of the prawns then grate some pecorino cheese on top and pop under the grill.

garlic prawns_add relish

Give this another 6-7 mins so the cheese melts and goes a bit golden.

Garlic Relish Prawns

5. remove from the oven and there we go!

Great as a snack  or finger food at a party. Alternatively great for lunch with a nice mixed salad.

Now, because I had this nice bit of Fillet steak I decided to do a nice bit of surf and turf.

I wanted to do some of my nice potato wedges but I’d ran out of potatoes! Luckily my housemates had some oven chips in the freezer so I nicked these then popped them in the oven, adding a dash of olive oil, salt and pepper, some mixed herbs and a few smashed up cloves of garlic. Oven chips are pretty boring so it’s always good to think about ways you can improve things like this. While this was cooking I started on the eye fillet.

Now, if you’re cooking steak the most important thing you can do is to remove the steak from the fridge to allow it to come to room temperature before you cook it. Take it out at least an hour before you are going to cook it. You need to think of this as part of the cooking process. It’s the most important bit. If you don’t do this you may as well not eat steak. 🙂

1. So all I did was take the eye fillet, drizzle with olive oil then add salt and pepper. I got my pan nice and hot and seared the fillet on all sides. Literally 30 seconds on each side.

Important: Make sure the pan is smoking hot before you add the steak. 

2. Once you’ve sealed this on all sides add to the oven. As I had a bit of the garlic relish let over I spread this over the eye fillet before I put it in the oven, I added it to the pan I was cooking the chips in.

beef in pan

3. At this point if you want to do the prawns add them to the oven now. Give the fillet about 6 mins in the oven. This will make it rare. If you want it medium give it about 8-10 mins. If you want it well done then stop reading right now and slap yourself in the face.

4. After 6 mins I removed the fillet to allow to rest for a further 6-7 mins. Remove the prawns at this point as well, add the cheese then pop under the grill. While the fillet is resting I tossed the chips around a bit to mix up all the steak juices and gave them another 5-6 mins in the oven, just to get them nice and crispy. Now remove the prawns from the grill and the chips from the oven.

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Sorted. I served this with some nice peas and some of my home-made tzatziki on the side that I had left over from a few days ago, great for dipping the chips into! Proper comfort food for me! Give those prawns a try. Super easy and really tasty.

Much love x


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