Enjoy these surf and turf melts as the perfect luxurious party dish or dinner. Made with lobster tails and filet mignon, these melts meld together perfect flavors of land and sea and sit atop an open faced sandwich that will have you and your guests enjoying bite after bite.
Sometimes certain ingredients bring up memories that one wants to replicate and share through recipes. Lobster is one of those ingredients for me. Lobster makes me think of summer, it takes me back to when my husband and I visited the coast of Maine and lobster was everywhere, it seemed that every restaurant boasted a lobster dish (we even had lobster ice cream!)
We waited in this 2 plus hour line outside a place that supposedly had the best lobster rolls. We weren’t that impressed, it was essentially some cold lobster in a hot dog bun, it was kind of flavorless, but we were super touristy and of course took pictures with them – see below (pictures are from over three years ago!)
As we left we both vowed off lobster saying that we didn’t understand the hype, but then hours later came across a little roadside stand selling lobster grilled cheese, of course I had to try it…I mean, lobster, cheese, bread? YUM! And so my love of lobster was back in full swing!
But that love for seafood and cheese combined remained dormant until this year when my husband took a road trip along the coast of Oregon where we stopped for lunch at a little cafe (the Drift Inn Cafe in Yachats) that had a crab melt that I got and it was love all over again. My hubby got wild halibut fish and chips. Both were fantastic dishes, but the crab melt…I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! Side note – they served this natural ketchup that totally reminded me of my 5 ingredient quick ketchup that I just made another batch of last weekend – gotta use those farmers market tomatoes!
So a few months after getting home I used my vacation as inspiration and made these lobster and steak melts.
The filets and lobster tails are both cooked very simply, and then piled high on top of a piece of bread that has been spread with garlic butter and topped with cheese and baked, then is topped off with fresh tomatoes and parsley. It’s a super fresh and luxurious dish. It’s kind of like the best grilled cheese you’ve ever had!
I know that some might bock at the term ‘luxurious’ being used to describe a dish, but how else would you describe lobster, filet mignon, on ooey-gooey cheese bread? This is the perfect dish for a party, perhaps a summer party where you want to impress the guests? These surf and turf melts will disappear and you’ll get tons of compliments.
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