This meal was the easiest "fancy" dinner I have made in a while and is pretty foolproof, which makes the whole process a lot less stressful and prevents potential meltdowns.
Marinated Lamb Chops
5-6 lamb chops
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
3 cloves of minced garlic
Salt and pepper
Marinate the lamb chops in a mixture of all of the ingredients above for at least 30 minutes and let them sit at room temperature to ensure even cooking. Heat an oiled skillet over med-high heat and sear the lamb chops for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Garlic Butter Shrimp
Pat shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet then add the shrimp. Sear 1-2 minutes per side – and they should be done. Those suckers cook fast and the worst thing ever is chewy, overcooked shrimp. Remove the shrimp from the pan once cooked. Add a tablespoon of butter, a squeeze of lemon, 2 cloves of minced garlic, a splash of dry white wine and a little water or chicken broth to the hot shrimp pan. Stir and heat for 1-2 minutes until flavors are combined and pour over the shrimp to serve. I added some fresh chopped basil to make it pretty.
That is all it takes for a perfect family-style surf and turf feast! We paired our meal with chardonnay and roasted asparagus.
Do you have any stress-free fancy recipes for special occasions?
Do you think age 29 seems old? ;)