I like to serve this tender and delicious pan-seared steak for Valentine's Day or romantic occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays! Takes only 20 minutes, start to finish. Wonderful paired with my Alsatian Baked Potatoes or Gratin Dauphinois, steamed seasonal vegetables or a tossed green salad, and a simple dessert of fresh ripe berries & chantilly cream.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 (6 -8 ounce) high quality filet of beef
- 10 ounces fresh mushrooms, in 1/4 to 1/2- inch thick slices (I use whatever looks fresh)
- 4 shallots, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup dry red wine
- 3 tablespoons cognac (or brandy)
- 1⁄4 cup demi-glace or 1⁄4 cup beef stock
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- crumbled Roquefort cheese (optional)
- 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
- fresh rosemary, for garnish
- Put butter and oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. When the butter has foamed and begins to subside it is right for the steak.
- Fry steak on one side 4 to 5 minutes. Turn steak and brown on other side 4 to 5 minutes (for medium-rare), depending on desired degree of doneness. Test for doneness by cutting a small incision in the steak (just a very small incision, about the same size as a meat thermometer makes!).
- Remove steak to a hot platter and sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Keep warm (cover and place in a 250 degree F oven).
- Add dry red wine, cognac, demi glace or beef stock, mushrooms and shallots to skillet and cook over high heat. Scrape up brown bits from bottom of the pan and boil until liquid is reduced almost to a syrup. Remove from heat and stir in the softened butter until it has melted. Pour sauce over steak.
- Top with a dab of crumbled Roquefort cheese, sprinkle with snipped fresh parsley and garnish with a sprig of rosemary, if desired.
- Wonderful served with Alsatian baked potatoes or Gratin Dauphinois, steamed seasonal vegetables or a tossed green salad, and ripe fresh berries in chantilly cream for dessert.
I wanted something extravagant for dinner with my son for his birthday dinner, and decided on this. I used 1 8 oz. package of mushrooms, but otherwise followed the recipe, leaving out the Roquefort, as I can't get past the smell :) This was a great meal and the meat was really flavorful and delicious. My son gave me compliments throughout the meal which pleased me, so thank you for posting this for us!
Had this for dinner tonight....oh boy was it yummy!! Guess I should of taken some portobello mushrooms off before I took the picture. But there are filet mignons under there. It was so flavorful. Didn't go with the Roquefort cheese but everything else was as written. Have to agree with going with a good quality of filet, well worth the extra trip to the butcher. I loved that this didn't take very long to put together but came out with an extreme delicious flavor. Next time I would cut down on the amount of mushrooms though, just personal choice. Thanks for sharing your recipe BecR. I will be keeping this to make again.
I can't stop drooling over this! I did turn down my pan to keep it from smoking and I didn't have any Roqueefort or brandy-so I doubled the red wine. It is AMAZING!!! I will be making my Filet Mignon like this from now on. I made it with bread: http://www.food.com/recipe/sun-dried-tomato-rosemary-bread-abm-148694