Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bev’s Birthday Dinner

Bev’s BD was last week and while we normally go out, I was still somewhat down with a cold, but felt well enough to cook.  She requested a surf and turf of steak and scallops and she would be in town to pick up the sea food.  While there, she decided to add grilled oysters to the menu and brought home a dozen nice ones.

Our final menu became:
Grilled oysters as an appetizer – just Bev and I, SIL, Pat doesn’t do oysters
Grilled beef filet and sautéed sea scallops as the entrée
Grilled smashed potatoes as a side

We considered, salad, asparagus, bread, and dessert but decided we already had plenty of food.  I cooked everything on the gas grill as I could use the side burner for the scallops and just didn’t feel like fooling with charcoal.

For the oysters:
10 oysters on the half shell
2 T butter – I used salted
1 large or 2 small garlic gloves ran through the press
Squirt of Srirache or your favorite hot sauce – more or less to taste
Pinch of salt

Shuck the oysters taking care to retain as much liquor as possible and keep the deeper shell.  I ate the others raw – great treat for the cook.

Add other ingredients to a small bowl, nuke for 30 seconds to melt the butter, and stir together. 

Set the oysters on a hot grill, keeping as level as possible, and top with about a teaspoon of the butter mixture.

Cook to desired doneness, which for us is firm but still plump (the ones we had in NOLA were cooked into oblivion), plate, and add fresh grated parmesan.  Serve with a piece of crusty bread to sop up the juices that are left.

The steaks were given a good coating of Montreal Steak Seasoning and allowed to come to room temperature.  I grilled them all to about 128* for a nice medium rare.

The potatoes were parboiled, smashed with my hand and wrapped in partially cooked bacon.  I then added some S&P, garlic butter to the top side, and gently laid them on the medium hot grill butter side down.  When browned, they were flipped after I’d added the S&P and butter to the top side.

The scallops were seasoned lightly on both sides with Tiger Seasoning and black pepper and sautéed in an olive oil/butter mixture on the grill side burner.

This is the birthday girl’s plate and she seemed very pleased with her special meal.  I should have fancied it up a little, but we were all hungry.

I thought it was all outstanding and we ate a big salad the next day.

I forgot to set up the camera correctly, so the photos weren’t very good but they can still be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

One year ago:  We Need A New Gas Grill - Or Not

Two years ago:  Sweet Taters And Aigs


4/20/12 meal date


  1. You are the best husband, ever.

  2. Wow, what a great birthday dinner! The prep for everything was simple, yet so very elegant! I'd like to request the exact same meal for my birthday please!!! :)

  3. I have a birthday coming up this summer. This will be fine with me too! Lovely meal.

  4. It would have been great to be at that birthday celebration. I do love fresh oysters, but never dreamed of grilling them. That is what I love about being a food blogger; I learn something new every day.

  5. Hi There, I'm trying to catch up a little today... IF I have missed any blog posts which you want me to see, please email me... I'll try to read them all --but it may take awhile... Thanks!!!!

    YUM----I'd take that meal in a heartbeat... I'd eat it ALL... Love oysters and scallops --and I really love steak... OH MY HEART... I'm so hungry.

  6. Your camera settings may not have been perfect, but the dinner looks as if it was. I'm glad Bev enjoyed it.

  7. No woman would mind a birthday if it came with a meal like this. I hope she had a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Larry, That is one fine meal you whipped up for Bev's birthday! The only problem is that Laurie may demand similar treatment from me for her next birthday! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  9. Happy Birthday Bev. Don't you love husbands who can cook. Me too.

  10. Bacon wrapped potatoes? Spectacular! Those rock, Larry. The steak and scallops do too, of course, but dang....those potatoes.

  11. Oh, seriously, YUM!! This plate sounds amazing. I'll take that same green-less meal for a special occasion as well. Pure deliciousness.


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