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.
- 29.58 ml butter
- 22.18 ml vegetable oil
- 4 (680.38-907.18 g) high quality filet of beef
- 283.49 g fresh mushrooms, in 1/4 to 1/2- inch thick slices (I use whatever looks fresh)
- 4 shallots, finely chopped
- 118.29 ml dry red wine
- 44.37 ml cognac (or brandy)
- 59.14 ml demi-glace or 59.14 ml beef stock
- 29.58 ml softened butter
- sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- crumbled Roquefort cheese (optional)
- 29.58 ml 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.