Surf & Turf Thanksgiving: Garlic Shrimp with Basil, Tomatoes, and Red Pepper Flakes with Brown Butter Gnocchi

garlic shrimp with basil, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes with gnocchi

Yummy! I only have one thing to say, gnocchi is awesome! I can’t believe I waited twenty-something years to try this! Oh why was I deprived of this growing up???

Welcome to part two of my super belated Thanksgiving extravaganza! We had the turf (steak with tomatoes, red onions, and balsamic) and now we have the surf (garlic shrimp with basil, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes). Haha, that was such a terrible joke, I’m sorry!

Rather than babble, check out the garlic shrimp with basil, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes with brown butter gnocchi below…

INGREDIENTS: gnocchi, shrimp, grape tomatoes, dry white wine, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, s+p

STEP 1: Boil the gnocchi according to package, drain and set aside.

While the gnocchi is boiling, start working on the shrimp. In my opinion, the shrimp takes the most work.

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Surf & Turf Thanksgiving: Steak with Tomatoes, Red Onions, and Balsamic

steak with tomatoes, red onions, and balsamic

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! Who’s excited for the upcoming Christmas holiday?? Me, me, me, I am!! Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year! I love everything Christmas has to offer from giving/receiving presents, shopping, decorating, gift-wrapping, baking holiday cookies, gingerbread lattes…I can go on and on :)

Thanks to you guys and a few yummy inspirations from across the web, I went for a very non-traditional surf-and-turf Thanksgiving. Whoever came up with the idea of eating meat and seafood together, is a genius! It’s such a great combo.

Oh by the way, did you guys go grocery shopping the day before Thanksgiving??? It is a madhouse! I’m not just talking about the herds of new faces at my regular grocery store, but also all the emotions! I admit, I had a bit of a mini-meltdown when my grocery store didn’t have any orzo since my menu was specifically “garlic shrimp with basil, tomatoes, and pepper flakes with orzo”. Sigh, I’m not proud but I wanted everything to be perfect, just the way I had planned. You know what I’m saying, right? Anyways, I settled for gnocchi which also had me worried since I’ve never cooked nor eaten it before. Ahhh, what I thought was going to be a stress-free easy breezy cooking day ended up being a somewhat stressful day. Maybe I hyped it up too much and should of just called it “dinner” and not “Thanksgiving dinner”….

Meanwhile in the kitchen, with my bitch face in tow, we googled how to cook gnocchi (just browned butter, hah!) and whipped up a pretty delicious meal!

Check out Part 1 of my surf and turf Thanksgiving below featuring steak with tomatoes, red onions, and balsamic…

STEP 1: Coat and season both sides with olive oil, Lawry's dried oregano, and pepper. Set aside for 10 minutes prior to cooking.

STEP 2: Meanwhile, chop one red onion and minced three garlic cloves.

STEP 3: Clean and wash two large tomatoes...

remove the center and dice the tomatoes.

STEP 4: In a large bowl, combine the onions, tomatoes, garlic, basil. Drizzle in some balsamic and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

STEP 5: Cook steak and set aside for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice on a diagonal.

STEP 6: Spoon the tomatoes and onions over the steak. Serve.

This is such a quick and pretty way to jazz up steaks! All the flavors go so well together. I love doing this! Do you have any ways that you do to pretty your steak? :)

Stay tune for the garlic shrimp with basil, tomatoes, and pepper flakes with gnocchi!

xoxo, kat

ps. Did you vote in my waffle cook-off? The winning waffle will me announced on Friday. I hope you all choose mine, hehe :)

Steak with Tomatoes, Red Onions, and Balsamic (via Skinny Taste)

serving size: more than enough to cover two medium-sized steaks

  • steak + seasonings of your choice for the steak (Lawry’s, pepper, dried oregano)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh herbs
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Coat steak with olive oil and season generously with Lawry’s, dried oregano, and fresh ground pepper on both sides. Set aside for 10 minutes prior to cooking. Cook steak using preferred cooking method. Set on a plate and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  2. In a large bowl, combine onions, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Let onions sit a few minutes with the salt and balsamic to mellow a bit.
  3. Combine with tomatoes and fresh herbs and adjust seasoning if needed.
  4. Slice steak on a diagonal; top with tomatoes and serve.