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Spanish Surf and Turf


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling

  • 1/4 cup slivered blanched almonds

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper

  • 4 jarred Piquillo peppers or 2 jarred roasted red peppers

  • One can diced tomatoes, drained (14 ounces)

  • 1/4 cup plus a splash of dry sherry, divided

  • A couple generous handfuls of flat leaf parsley, chopped, divided

  • 1 teaspoon paprika (about 1/3 palmful)

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • Splash white wine vinegar

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts discarded, toasted and cubed

  • Salt

  • Four 1 1/2-inch-thick filet mignon steaks

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 2/3-3/4 cup heavy cream (eyeball it)

  • 12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined


In a medium skillet, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, for another minute. Stir in the Piquillo peppers, tomatoes, a splash of sherry, half the parsley and the paprika and warm through, about 1 minute. Puree in a food processor with the lemon juice, vinegar and bread, adding a splash of water if necessary. Season the romesco sauce with salt; keep warm. Wipe out the skillet and set aside for the shrimp. In a nonstick skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over high heat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and cook in the pan for 2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, turning once, until medium rare, 6 minutes longer. Transfer the steaks to a plate and let rest. Melt the butter in the skillet, add the shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the cream and remaining 1/4 cup sherry and boil until reduced, 3 minutes. Season the sherry cream with salt; keep warm. In the shrimp skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook until bright pink, 3 minutes on each side. On each plate, pour a puddle each of sherry cream and romesco sauce. Set a steak in the cream and 3 shrimp in the romesco. Top with the remaining parsley.