Thursday, March 17, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Filet Mignon with Merlot Mushroom Sauce

A few weeks ago, I came across a recipe/advertisement from Barefoot Wine.  The minute I saw it, I knew that I immediately had to make it...not to mention that we had some nice filet steaks in the freezer leftover from Christmas.

Normally, I am not one to mess with a filet.  Rarely does it need anything more than salt and pepper on the top, but this sauce was really great.


Filet Mignon in Mushroom Wine Sauce - Slightly Adapted from Barefoot Wines


1/2 cup Barefoot Merlot
4 (6oz) filet mignon steaks
5 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
16 oz sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, finely diced
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup cup beef broth (add in 1/2 cup increments)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


Heat a large pan over medium heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes until soft.  Stir in onion and cook for another 3 minutes, then add garlic and season with salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon thyme. Add 1 tablespoon flour and continue cooking for another minute until flour is cooked. 

Add 1/2 cup Merlot and 1/2 cup broth to mushroom mixture and cook until about 2/3 cup liquid remains and sauce thickens. Add cream and continue to cook sauce until desired consistency (I like my sauce a bit thick). Thin with remaining beef broth if needed. Reduce heat to low and cover pan.

Pat dry steaks and season with salt and pepper.  In a medium frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat.  When butter is hot and foaming, add steaks, and cook (turning once) about 3-5 minutes per side depending on thickness (I finished my steaks on a rack in the oven).

Once your steaks are done, add them to the pan with mushroom sauce and turn steaks a few times in the sauce to coat steaks in sauce.  Season sauce to taste.


* I think the recipe would be nice with a roast in the oven; adding the cream at the end or sliced sirloin (like a stroganoff) over noodles or rice
I added flour to my sauce in this recipe because the sauce never thickened up with just cream.  You really need a roux to accomplish.