Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Filets Mignons with Mushroom Sauce - April Comfort

Comfort me with mushrooms. A skillet wine sauce with cremini mushrooms is right up my Italian-loving (filet mignon) meat alley. If you are wondering about the wisdom of posting comfort food in April because - your daffodils are up and you've planted your garden, I have four words for you. "How nice for you."

Here in White Bear Lake, we still have the home fires burning. Spring makes a brief appearance and then flits away singing, "Ha, ha - just teasing." No April foolery intended. Snow is expected this coming Thursday and Friday.

But the filets are not a tease. They're the real deal. Add some dried porcini for a more intense flavor. Are you grilling already? (We are grilling in the snow. I have one determined husband. He also grills in sandals. So I have one slightly-warped husband.) Grill the meats and make the pan sauce and voila - you have "An Almost-Spring Meal."

The recipe is from Saveur: The New Comfort Food - a gift from my son who knows me and my struggle with Minnesota winters all too well. And it's so easy (which is my mantra) but you don't have to tell anyone that.

Ingredients - Serves 4
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 8-oz filets mignon (salted with Kosher salt and pepper)
2 shallots minced
1 lb cremini mushrooms sliced (add some porcini - makes it even earthier)
1 cup red wine
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons sherry (I used sweet)
2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon chopped chives (garnish)
1 tablespoons chopped parsley (garnish)
I think scallions would also work as a garnish.

1. Heat oven to 500 degrees F. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet (12 inches) over high heat. Season filets with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Flip once until browned about 4-5 minutes. Transfer filets to baking sheet and roast until medium-rare - another 4-5 minutes. Transfer filets to a platter and tent to keep warm.

2. Bring skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, the rest of the oil, the shallots and cook, stirring until shallots are softened - about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook (stirring occasionally) until softened - about 5 minutes. Add red wine and reduce heat to medium. Stir occasionally and reduce until sauce is syrupy - about 8-10 minutes. Add stock and cook until slightly reduced - an additional 4-5 minutes. Whisk in sherry and cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Stir continually until thickened.

Remove pan from heat. Whisk in remaining butter and then add the chives and parsley. Pour over filets. Serve. Who needs spring?

The top of the fridge has been my hiding place for appetizers and salads because someone has a "dairy habit" (Luce ferociously goes after cheese and butter.) Yesterday he figured out how to get to the top. Now what am I going to do?


Beth said...

A new post from you is always a gift! This looks delicious. I am still waiting for spring in Toronto too (although much of our snow is gone).

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Well, if waiting this long for a new post always brings one that is this delicious, then the wait is worth it. You can ALWAYS include a photo of Luce if you want to bring a smile to my face. But I guess you need to find a new hiding place now - maybe one of those old fashioned "bread boxes" that had a door.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Now nice to see a post from you this morning. Steak and mushrooms are always welcome in my house, regardless of the season and a little sherry in the mushrooms only makes it better. Look at Luce up there on the refrigerator, smiling at his accomplishment. Linda stole my idea - I was going to suggest a bread box with a door. But I imagine he'll just eventually learn how to open it too, but it'll keep him busy for a while :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

How nice to see a post from you! And pictures of Luce. ;-) Winter is hanging on here, too -- what a drag. I need a nice, simple, tasty meal like this to lift my spirits! Good stuff -- thanks.

ChgoJohn said...

Saveur magazine shares some wonderful recipes and this one is proof of that. This sauce sounds incredible.

Angie's Recipes said...

So good to see you update the blog again!
The mushroom sauce looks so GOOD!

Catherine said...

Looks beautiful. Blessings dear. Catherine

Pam said...

This is definitely my kind of food, and it looks and sounds delicious! Snow about all gone here finally but still chilly. Good luck with your cat! One of ours gets up on the fridge but neither of them touch table food. First pets we've ever had that turn their nose up at everything but pet food. Stay warm!

Frank said...

Mushrooms bring a wonderful depth of flavor to any dish—and this one looks incredible. It's almost past the time here, but before the hot weather really begins I'll have to try this carnivore's delight...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Scrumptious! I love those flavors.

Your kitties are so adorable.