Welcome to my date night romantic surf and turf recipe.
Dominic and I celebrated 16 years together and 13 years of marriage at the beginning of this year. When we got married Dominic worked in a meat factory removing the beef rib and brisket from the bone. This meant that he got an incredible price for buying meat and bringing it home for us.
If memory serves me correctly, we used to be paying less than £1 a slice for quality sirloin steak. We also got rump, fillet, brisket, topside and silverside. Our freezer would then be full to bursting with all kinds of meat and we would eat them like it was a normal regular food and the idea of going frugal had never entered our head.
Though in our defence the meat was so cheap at staff rates that it was about 60% cheaper to buy sirloin steak than it was to buy chicken breasts from the supermarket!
I am sure the prices have gone up a bit as this was back in 2003 but I just wish we still had this amazing supply.
Then what we would do on a Saturday night is after Kyle was asleep in bed (he was a toddler at the time) we would have steak with either chips or a jacket potato and some greens. Everything would be covered in garlic butter as it was years before everyone cooked with olive oil. We would enjoy our evening treat in front of the TV with some nice and wine and really enjoy each others company.
This would be our ideal date night and things haven’t changed that much now. We always make time for us even though we don’t agree with babysitters we still have lots of one on one time together.
This date night recipe is also perfect for you to cook together. The man who normally loves to cook the steak can do the meat and prawns and you can do the potatoes and the greens.
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In the steamer cook your jacket potatoes for 10 minutes or until nearly soft (depending on the size).
Clean the prawns and keep their shells on. Place the olive oil in a hot pan or grill and wait until it is red hot. Add ½ the garlic puree and the prawns. Sprinkle with thyme and after 3 minutes add the steaks. Cook the steaks for 4 minutes on each side to have that lovely grilled rare steak look. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side on the top as you cook.
When the steamer finishes place the jacket potatoes out on a worktop, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them in the Airfryer for 5 minutes on 200c so that you can crisp up the skin and finish cooking them.
When the steak just has 4 minutes left on one side get a wok out and add a little coconut oil to the pan with ½ the garlic puree and add the spinach. Sauté it until the spinach is of normal size and mix well. Season the spinach with parsley and place on your plate.
When done place the meat on top along with the prawns and the potatoes and serve.
If you’re on a budget simply swap the fillet steak for a nice piece of butchers cut meat.