Surf and Turf

    1 hour 5 minutes

    Delicious garlic prawn sauce drizzled over juicy steak, nestled on a bed of mashed potato with fresh asparagus alongside - yum! A complete meal.

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    Serves: 4 

    • For the sauce (surf)
    • 400g good sized raw prawns shelled & deveined
    • 80g butter melted
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/4 cup plain flour
    • 1/4 cup dry white wine
    • 3/4 - 1 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup cream
    • 1 tsp fresh basil chopped finely
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped finely
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 pieces 2cm approx thick steak, whichever cut you like best/can afford
    • For the mashed potatoes
    • 500g potatoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1 good size sweet potato, peeled and chopped
    • 1 tsp fresh chives
    • 1/4 cup milk or cream
    • 60g butter, room temoperature
    • salt & pepper to taste
    • For the asparagus
    • 16 spears of fresh asparagus
    • olive oil
    • alt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. To make the surf sauce; melt butter and stir in garlic - cook for 2 mins, don't allow garlic to brown. Then add flour, stirring all the time & cook for a minute or so then whisk in wine with a hand whisk.
    2. Heat slowly, whisking the whole time to keep sauce smooth, slowly adding milk until all used (use less or more according to thickness). Heat and keep whisking, simmer until it is to the thickness you require. Then stir in the cream, herbs and seasonings. Bring back to simmer and bring to consistency you prefer. Then add prawns and simmer until prawns are cooked.
    3. To make the mashed potato; boil the potato and sweet potato till tender, then mash together with the seasonings. Stir in the milk and butter until smooth.
    4. For the asparagus; and boil or steam the asparagus until tender/crisp - about 5 minutes or so, depending on their size - then toss through seasonings & olive oil. Keep the mashed potatoes and the asparagus warm.
    5. When you're ready to eat; cook the steaks to your taste medium rare is best of course! I like to BBQ them as they can all be cooked at once and I prefer the chargrill taste.
    6. To assemble; place a dollop of mash in the centre of each plate and lay 4 spears of asparagus to the side of each. Place the steak on the mash and ladle over some prawn sauce - as much or as little as you like but usually half a ladleful of sauce with 6/7 prawns each person is good.

    Make Ahead

    You can make the garlic white sauce ahead of time and then reheat when your ready to cook the prawns.

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    I never had any white wine, so I added, 3 tsp white wine vinegar instead and it was still yummy  -  13 Mar 2017


    Fantastic recipe, though sauce was a bit bland. I added shallots with the garlic for extra body, when adding the seasonings I added whole grain mustard seeds and ground cumin for a bounce of flavour. The whole family loved it. I will definitely be making this again  -  13 May 2016


    Absolutely beautiful!!!! I am terrible cook and even I managed to make it and it looked and tasted yummy!  -  01 Jul 2015