An expensive night out is not necessary to impress your special someone on Valentine’s Day. For those planning to stay in, prepare this surf and turf dish to wow your partner and to show how much you love them. An easy-to-make compound butter of shallot and chive will put your venison steaks over the top, while a half lobster tail basted in a lime, garlic, and sun dried tomato butter sauce adds a luxurious complement.
If you’d rather grill the venison and lobster, that would work, too. Serve this dish with pinot noir, a light-bodied red wine that is delicate enough for lobster but will also hold up to the taste of venison.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day this weekend. Celebrate love and many more years of hunting and making memories. Don’t forget the chocolate, flowers and champagne.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
– 1 pound of venison loin, silver skin removed
– ½ pound lobster tail, split in half lengthwise
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– Kosher salt
– Coarsely ground black pepper
– Lime wedges
– 6 tablespoons of softened salted butter (room temperature)
– 1 tablespoon of chopped chives
– 2 tablespoons of shallot, minced
– 1 clove of garlic, minced
Garlic and Lime Sauce for Lobster
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 piece if sun-dried tomato packed in oil, chopped finely
– 2 tablespoons of butter
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
– 2 tablespoon of chicken broth
– 1 teaspoon of lime juice
– 2 teaspoons of fresh cilantro, chopped
- One hour prior to cooking, take venison loin out of the refrigerator to allow it to come to room temperature. This will help the meat cook more evenly. Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
- To make compound butter, combine softened butter, chives, shallot and garlic. Place compound butter on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log. Twist the ends to seal and place in the refrigerator to firm up.
- To make garlic and lime butter sauce for lobster, combine garlic, sundried tomato, butter and olive oil in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low to allow butter and oil to warm and garlic to become aromatic, but do not brown. Next, mix in the chili powder, chicken broth, lime juice and cilantro. Keep warm over low heat—do not burn.
- Pat dry venison loin with paper towel. Sprinkle with kosher salt and coarsely cracked pepper to taste. Preheat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a fry pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
Once pan is hot, sear venison for 2 minutes on each side, or until a crust forms. Transfer venison loin to a cookie sheet, and finish cooking it for 8 minutes in a 375° F oven for medium rare. Cooking time will vary depending on thickness of meat.
- Meanwhile, clean out pan and add more oil if necessary. Cook lobster tail halves meat-side down for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat, or until browned. Flip and cook lobster an additional 4 minutes, or until meat is opaque and cooked through. Once done, baste the lobster meat with the garlic and lime butter sauce.
- Once cooked to your liking, allow venison loin to rest for 5 minutes tented with foil. Next, slice loin into medallions and serve with a pat of the compound butter on top. Serve lobster with lime wedges and leftover sauce on the side.
I served this dish with baked asparagus and couscous. To prepare asparagus, preheat oven to 375° F. Cut or snap off woody ends, and lay on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until tender but still green and slightly crisp. Follow package directions to prepare couscous. Mashed potatoes will work, too.