Monday, December 29, 2008

Last minute indulgences of 2008

Just a couple more days left in 2008...which means just a couple more days til the inevitable new year's resolutions to get back to the gym, eat healthier, drop a few lbs and the like. I'll be hopping on board that train too after an overly indulgent holiday season. But until then, I have a few more recipes you have to try even if they aren't exactly on the lighter side!

Christmas Eve was the second time I've made these filets and they were just as good as I remembered. The blue cheese and panko topping and the red wine sauce are amazing complements to the filet. As good as you'll get in any steakhouse and you can make it right at home!

Blue Cheese Crusted Steaks with Red Wine Sauce
(Source: Bon Appetit, November 2003)

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) chilled butter
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3/4 cup low-salt beef broth
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup coarsely crumbled blue cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 1-inch-thick filet mignon steaks (each 6 to 8 ounces)

1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, shallot, and thyme. Sauté until shallot is tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth and wine. Boil until sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 12 minutes. Set sauce aside.

2. Blend cheese, panko, and parsley in small bowl to coat cheese evenly with panko. (Sauce and cheese mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and chill.)

3. Preheat broiler. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Add steaks to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to rimmed baking sheet; reserve skillet. Press cheese mixture onto top of steaks, dividing equally. Broil until cheese browns, about 2 minutes. Transfer steaks to plates.

4. Pour sauce into reserved skillet. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Boil 2 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce around steaks and serve.

Oh, and the green beans in the picture above were tossed in a homemade herb butter from this recipe...definitely delicious!

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