Surf & Turf to Impress Your Guests

Dirty Martini

Preparation time: 10 minutes

6 oz. premium vodka
2 oz. dry vermouth (optional)
1/4 c. olive juice
12 olives

Combine vodka, vermouth and olive juice over ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Serve in martini glasses. Place 3 olives each onto toothpicks to garnish.

Surf and Turf with Fresh Herb Sauce
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 6-8

6 4-oz. filet mignon or 3 8-oz. New York strip
1 1/2 lb. tuna steaks
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. olive oil
2 c. fresh basil leaves, packed
2 c. fresh parsley, packed
1/4 c. fresh chives, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. lemon rind

Place beef and tuna on separate platters. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Rub olive oil on tuna and season with pepper. In a blender or food processer combine herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Pulse until herbs are coarsely chopped. Keep blender running and add olive oil in stream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill beef steaks over medium-high heat on preheated grill about 8 minutes per side or as preferred. Grill tuna steaks 2 minutes per side or as preferred. Serve each with dollop of sauce.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Couscous
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6

2 pints cherry tomatoes, rinsed
4 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Fresh pepper to taste
1 box couscous
1 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped

Place tomatoes in large baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in preheated 400-degree oven for 25 minutes or until just blistered. Remove from oven, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss with basil. Cook couscous according to package instructions. After couscous sits 5 minutes, toss in tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Tropical Fruit Foster
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes
Serves: 6

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. mango nectar
1 tbsp. dark rum
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. pineapple, cubed
2 bananas, peeled, split and halved
1 c. mango, peeled and cubed
Vanilla ice cream
Toasted sweetened coconut (optional)

In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, nectar and rum, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil until syrupy, about 4 minutes. Mix in nutmeg, then add pineapple, banana and mango, and sauté until heated through, about 1 minute. Let cool 2 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowls and spoon warm sauce over top. Sprinkle with coconut if desired.

By Carrie Hanna, Southern Boating June 2014