With Valentine's Day just a couple of days away, you're probably scrambling to get reservations at one of the many places offering a romantic dinner for two priced at less than $100 per person.
Let's face it though, going on to dinner for Valentine's Day is overrated. The kitchen is more often than not trying to flip tables as fast as possible, wait times are obscene, the service is lackluster and the food is rarely the same as on a regular night.
The solution? Don't wait till after dinner to slip into something more comfortable. A home cooked meal; especially one that consists of a little surf and turf and ends with strawberry ice cream will impress your sweetheart more than any fancy restaurant dinner. To celebrate the love, all Whole Foods stores in Florida are offering a free lobster tail with the purchase of any dry-aged steak tomorrow and Friday, and the perfect herb roasted lobster and steak recipe to go with it.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
- 2 (4- to 6-ounce) shell-on lobster tails, thawed and cut down the middle with kitchen shears
- 2 (12- to 14-ounce) dry-aged rib-eye or New York strip steaks
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving
Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a bowl, mix together butter, parsley, chives, rosemary, oregano, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.
Spread 1 teaspoon herb butter over the meat on each piece of lobster and arrange on a rimmed, foil-lined baking sheet, cut-sides up. Roast until just cooked through and opaque in the center, 8 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, season steaks all over with remaining salt and pepper.
Heat oil and 1 tablespoon of the herb butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and cook steaks, flipping once, until deeply drowned and medium-rare (about 130°F) or desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes total.
Top each steak with 1 tablespoon of the remaining herb butter. (Save remaining butter for another use.)
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Let rest 5 minutes and then serve steaks alongside lobster with wedges of lemon.
It doesn't stop at lobster and steak. Champagne and chocolates deals will vary from store to store, and for just $19.99 you can get your honey two dozens of roses.
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