The greatest cut of beef deserves the best recipe. This tenderloin cooking process provides much deserved flavor and richness for a truly exquisite steak.
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 tablespoon fine herbes - (equal parts chopped parsley, chives, chervil, and tarragon)
1 tablespoon oil
Salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
2 (eight-ounce) filet mignon
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
Â¼ cup red wine
Â½ cup beef stock
2 tablespoons fines herbes butter
Step 1-With a fork, combine the butter and herbes. Form into a ball, wrap in waxed paper, and chill.
Step 2-Heat a stainless steel skillet until very hot but not smoking. Add oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the steaks. Place in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer filets to a cutting board.
Step 3-To the pan add shallots. Let cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the red wine and let reduce until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Add the beef stock and let reduce by half. Stir in the fines herbes butter. Serve the filet mignon with the sauce.
Yields: 2 servings