Australia is that country which enjoys best of both worlds, vast green pastures and turquoise blue waters. This is what gives rise to its unique cuisine, the surf and turf. The surf and turf is famous in Australia as it showcases the true essence of this country. The best of the pastures and the best of the sea. A combination dish of meat and fish, this is definitely not for the vegetarians. Tasting the flavours of the sea and the earth combined, it does not get better than that. I bet by the end of this story, your appetite would be urging you to get that Australia visa and head on down south for some good old surf and turf.
The Classic Surf and Turf - Lobster and Steak
This dish marries the tastes of meaty steak with the fresh breezy lobster. A classic dish, it is easy to make and often features as a dish at many a Australian family meals. The steak is marinated in herbs, lemon, salt, drizzled generously with olive oil and cooked in the oven. Cook the lobster tail too. Once you let the steak rest for a while, it’ll release a few of its own juices. Roasted potatoes or mushrooms make a good combination with this dish.
The Grilled Surf and Turf with Garlic Butter
If you love the sound of garlic butter as much as I do, I bet your mouth’s already watering. The secret ingredient for this dish is shallots. Mix all the ingredients like olive oil, shallots, garlic, butter, salt and pepper and take them for a spin in the blender. Apply the mixture on your steak and lobster tail. Bust out the barbecue and grill it. Sit back and watch the heat and coal work their magic.
The Surf and Turf Pasta
If you’re someone who boasts of a huge appetite, then this is the dish that might fill you up. This dish includes your regular surf and turf ingredient, steak and shrimps. And all your other ingredients you’d require for a regular pasta, like cream, wine, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and cheese. Cook the pasta like you would and the surf and turf ingredients. In the end mix it all up on the plate, stacking your meat and fish atop your pasta. And voila! Your dish is ready to be served.
Asian style Surf and Turf
Globalization is the way of the world. So the mixture of Asian spices in Australia’s surf and turf shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For this dish use the Australian staple steak and shrimp, but for the flavours, it’s all Asian. Minced ginger and garlic, rice wine, chicken/vegetable broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce and ground Szechuan peppercorns make up your marinade. And the taste, just divine.
Author : Sanjana Sule