A New Year’s Eve Surf & Turf Feast (Plus a Holiday Giveaway!)


Nothing says “holiday” in New England like a good ole surf n’ turf dinner.

Here’s our take on the classic feast, kicked up Mouse-House style. This combination of seafood and meat is a great way to go if you’re planning on throwing a glamorous dinner party this New Year’s season.

This post is part of our partnership with Sam’s Club. Honestly, we made out like bandits shopping there. Their costs are low and their quality for meat, seafood, and produce is really, really good. (And you guys know we’re huge carnivores here at The Mouse House.) We’ll definitely head to Sam’s first when we have to throw a big bash. Totally great bang for our buck.

We recently had a handful of good friends over to ring in 2011 a little early. Here’s a peek at what we served. Recipes will follow this week.

Spinach and Tomato Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

We started with a Spinach and Tomato Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Gorgonzola Crumbles. I finished it with a really light olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

For the main dishes, I started with Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto, a take on the classic bacon-wrapped bites. I used huge scallops, rubbed them with a little olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper, then wrapped them in paper-thin prosciutto and baked til the scallops were cooked through and the meat was nice and crisp.

Butter Drenched King Crab Legs

We also grabbed a few packages of king crab legs. King crab is super easy to make. Most legs sold in the U.S. are already cooked, so all you have to do is heat them through. I steamed ours with lemon and garlic and served them with loads of melted butter.

Restaurant-Style Roasted Boneless Prime Rib

Moving on to the turf part of the feast, a Roasted Boneless Prime Rib. When I post the recipe, I’ll show you my practically foolproof method of roasting this beast. It’s super simple and takes all the stress out of cooking one of these guys.

Poached Pears with Spicy Caramel Sauce

For dessert, I made Poached Pears with Spicy Caramel Sauce. You can make a good deal of this recipe ahead of time, and it’s definitely a show stopper.

A New Year’s Giveaway on Twitter!

It wouldn’t be the holidays without presents.

This year, we’re partnering with 3 other blogs to giveaway a 14-piece set of stainless steel Cuisinart cookware (approximate retail value of $149.98), courtesy of Sam’s Club.

Click here to check out the loot.

How to Enter to Win a 14-Piece Set of Cuisinart Cookware

The Sam’s Club “New Year’s Eve Resolutions” Twitter Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. EST on December 27, 2010 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2011.

Two Steps to Enter

  1. First, become a follower of Sam’s Club on Twitter.
  2. Second, tweet your response to the following question: “What New Year’s Resolution Have You Achieved?” In your tweet, you must include the hashtag #jumpstart and mention @Samsclub.

Contest Rules

  • Only one entry per person.
  • Sam’s Club will select ONE winner from the combined entries from the 4 participating blogs. Each entry will be judged based on originality, pertinence to theme, and difficulty.
  • The winner will receive one 14-piece Cuisinart Cookware Set (Value $149.98).
  • Download the official rules here.

Good luck!!!

Come chat with us on Facebook this Thursday!

Sam’s Club has also invited me to answer questions about New Year’s Eve meal planning on their Facebook page this Thursday. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

*Please note that Sam’s Club compensated me for my participation in this campaign.

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


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  1. Sams club is a great place to shop for holiday get together especially when cooking for a large crowd. New Years appetizer recipes are easy to put together with all of Sam’s cheese selection and their big boxes of crackers. I always buy Sam’s 5 pound bag of frozen chicken wings. I divide them in to three parts for three seperate chicken wing appetizer recipes they are always a hit especially for super bowl parties!