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Surf & Turf with Truffle Mashed Potatoes

After 3 years of dating, it still amazes me how Daniel is willing to cook pretty much anything. His passion of experimenting in the kitchen is admirable. Even before we started this blog he would spend time plating our dinners to match the standard of presentation in restaurants.

My friends frequently respond to my Instagram stories of Daniel’s food commenting how it looks like a fine dining restaurant meal. Who needs to go out dining anymore when you have chef Daniel Hiptmair in the house?

He has prepared a lot of romantic delicious dinners, and it got me thinking, people should consider spending Valentine’s Day dining in with a home-cooked meal. There are 2 options for Valentine’s Dinner:

  1. Get dressed up and go out dining enjoying a menu carefully crafted by a professional chef, but be prepared to empty your wallet.

  2. Strap on an apron and throw your heart into cooking, more effort but it will be cheaper, more intimate and your loved one will be super impressed.

We love going out but for Valentine’s Day we highly recommend skipping the crowded restaurant and enjoying a romantic cooked meal at home with a good glass of red wine.

This surf and turf recipe with truffle mashed potato is an easy and elegant dinner that is guaranteed to impress your valentine!

Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 500 grams of potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • Milk (depending on preferred consistency)

  • Nutmeg to taste

  • Asparagus

  • 6 pieces of scampi

  • 2 T-Bone steaks

  • 1 garlic

  • 1 cup of red wine

  • 2 cups of beef stock

  • Rosemary to taste

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Olive oil



  1. Boil potatoes, strain them, peel them and put them back in the pot.

  2. Start mashing the potatoes and season with some salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter and continue mashing. Add milk little by little while you continue to mash the potatoes until it reaches your desired consistency.

ASPARAGUS: cook in a frying pan with olive oil, salt and pepper.


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.

  2. Take the steak out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before you start cooking to bring it to room temperature. Season it with salt and pepper.

  3. Bring a pan to high heat with some olive oil and fry the steak. Cut one entire garlic into half and add it to the pan while frying the steak. After frying the steak for 3 minutes on each side transfer it into an oven dish. Place in the oven at 150°C for approximately 10-15 minutes for medium rare steak or keep in the oven until the meat is cooked to your preference.

  4. For the steak sauce add one glass of red wine in a frying pan on high heat and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of beef stock and reduce. Season with rosemary, salt and pepper to taste.

SCAMPI: season with olive oil, salt and pepper and fry for 3 minutes.