For Valentines Day this year we decided to cook a fancy dinner at home instead of going out.  In the past, Valentines Day has meant spending quite a bit on dinner and usually having some sort of fancy steak or fish dish which could be  hit and miss!  This year to save a bit of moola, I thought I would try cooking a fancy steak with a Red Wine Sauce at home!  I will be honest and say this is the first time I had ever purchased Filet Mignon at the Grocery store and was slightly concerned that I would ruin it!  However, this dish turned out really really good and the steak was tender, delicious and surprisingly EASY to prepare!  I can honestly say it might be making more frequent appearances in our house in the future!  I do have to confess that the SAUCE was the big hero of this dinner and I think it would have made Old Shoes taste amazing drizzled all over them!  It was that good!

I hope you will try this…I took a risk and experimented with this on a special occasion and it paid off big time!  If it had turned out yucky, we could have survived on the best Mashed Potatoes (recipe coming at a later time)  in the world along with some grilled asparagus ( made even better in the amazing SAUCE!)

FILET MIGNON with a RED WINE CREAM SAUCE

  • 2 6-8 oz Filet’s of Beef
  • 3 Tbls of Butter
  • 1 Tbls of Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Any other seasonings you might like.  I used Johnny’s Seasoning salt.
  • 1 Cup Red Wine
  • 3 Tbls Heavy Cream

First step is to let the steaks rest outside of the fridge for 20 or so minutes so you are not putting freezing cold steaks in the hot oil.

Season both sides of the steaks with the salt, pepper, garlic, and whatever other seasonings sound good to you!

Second step is to heat the two Tbls of Butter and Olive Oil together until melted and bubbly.  Then place the steaks in the pan and let them Sear without moving for 3-4 minutes on the first side so that a nice brown crust of flavor can develop!

When you flip them they should have some nice browning going on.  I could probably have let these sear for one more minute.  After it sears for 3-4 minutes on the other side, put the entire pan in a 374 degree oven for 8-10 minutes to finish cooking to a medium.  I did a little slice into mine to make sure it was done enough for my liking as I am more of a medium well girl myself.

While it is in the oven, it turns into a delicious brown piece of meaty heaven!   After taking it out of the oven, place the steaks on a plate and tent them with foil to let them rest and the juices redistribute.

Take the pan that the steaks were cooking in and place it back on the burner on medium heat.  It will be coated in FLAVOR morsels and the remnants of the butter and olive oil with bits left by the steaks and seasonings!  It is a beautiful thing, and the base of your Heavenly Sauce! 

Now pour in your 1 Cup of Red Wine and let it simmer for 2 minutes or so as the alcohol cooks out.  It is now almost time to EAT!   To finish the sauce, add in your last Tbls of butter and your 3 Tbls of Heavy Cream.  I forgot to take a picture of adding the cream…I was getting too hungry!

I don’t have my recipes for Asparagus and  Mashed Potatoes but thought I would show the plating that I did for the special occasion!

After you plate the steak, spoon as much of the delicious sauce over your steak as you want.  In my case, I spooned it over my steak, over my potatoes and did not mind at all when the asparagus got sauced…I didn’t care one little saucy bit!

I hope that you will try this recipe and let me know what you think.  I would be lying if I said that I did not lick my plate clean at the end of this one.  That is probably TMI, but the truth must come out!

Happy Filet Mignoning!

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