Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce (Page 428)

  • Date: Thursday, May 22, 2008 -- 9pm
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Kitchen: Vigleik and Shihchi's Apartment
  • Fellow Chef: Vigleik
  • Dining Companion: Shihchi
  • Recipe Rating: A-

Despite my deep love of beef, I still have several steak recipes left in The Book. Vigleik and Shihchi chose this one for dinner when I was staying with them last week, and it did not disappoint! The steaks themselves were prepared very simply: pan-seared then oven-finished. We started with excellent pieces of filet mignon, and this preparation served them well. The meat was juicy and delicious. The merlot sauce was also excellent. The first step in this sauce was making a red wine vinegar caramel. This was added to a reduction of red wine and veal stock. In summary: completely delicious! My one and only complaint about this dish is that the sauce was very thin. The recipe gave guidelines for how long the sauce would need to reduce. I planned the meal around that time line. The sauce didn't thicken as I had hoped though, so I continued to boil and reduce for much, much longer than indicated in The Book. Eventually I had to serve it (before the steaks had rested too long) but it was still much thinner than I would have liked. That said, the flavor was excellent. The thin sauce ran all over my plate, but I sopped it up with some crusty bread and was very, very happy! Vigleik and Shihchi agreed: Yum!

Here is the recipe for the sauce. The steaks are prepared as in this recipe, although the recipe in The Book doesn't have any of the vegetables with it.

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Seriously, though, if you are ever anywhere near where this girl is cooking, do anything you can to get an invite. She's fantastic!

With all the new readers, though, it'll be weird to make inappropriate comments.

Teena said...

Anon: Thanks!

Mike: Awwww... you're so sweet! I have no doubt that you will keep making inappropriate comments!