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Following a paleo diet certainly doesn't mean that you never get to indulge yourself. There are some dishes often seen as luxuries that can still fit into your diet. Although, that doesn't mean you should eat them all the time. Surf and turf is a classic combination that works for anyone living the paleo lifestyle, and you can add some delicious vegetables or salad for some extra vitamins. People often see surf and turf as a difficult dish to accomplish, but it actually couldn't be easier if you know what you're doing. You just need to prepare yourself before you start cooking, so here are my top tips for making it perfectly.
Start with Fresh Ingredients
Traditionally, surf and turf tends to be made with lobster. More affordable versions might use shrimp, and you can throw in other types of seafood too, like scallops. The cut of steak you use really depends on what you prefer, so don't worry too much about which one you choose. But try to make sure they're good quality if you want them to taste good and you want to avoid a tough steak. Whether you want lobster or shrimp, you can get some beautiful, tough ingredients from Citarella.com and similar online stores. That means, if there is no local fish market at your disposal, it's not a problem!
Both steak and lobster taste great, but without the right seasoning, you can find they don't have as much flavor as you were hoping for. You don't necessarily have to go for any fancy flavors, but you should avoid making your food taste bland. You might want to marinade your lobster or shrimp, or prepare a sauce to baste it with, which will help to stop it from overcooking or burning. As for your steak, a good rub can give it plenty of flavor, and it doesn't need to be complicated. Start with salt and pepper, and consider adding some spices like cumin.
Get the Temperature Right
Cooking your food at the right temperature is crucial. Too high for either your surf or turf and you'll end up with rubbery food, or even burnt food. The important thing to remember is not to cook them at the same temperature. You want to have your pan a little hotter for your meat than for your seafood. A medium-high heat is fine for your steak, but turn it down to medium for your lobster or shrimp. Cook the steak first too, so that you can give it time to rest before you eat it.
Experiment with Side Dishes
Surf and turf is a great basis for a dish, but you probably don't want to eat it on its own. You need something green on the side or some extra flavors to compliment it. You can try a few ideas, from a light salad to some steamed veggies. Try using local and seasonal food for your side dishes.
Surf and turf isn't anything to be afraid of. You can nail it if you take the time to appreciate how to handle the ingredients properly.