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Author Notes: Every one should know how to make a good steak at home and this recipe is just delicious. It's simply and elegant, and perfect for those times when you want a really special meal.
—Gourmet Recipes for One
- 6 ounces filet mignon
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 3.5-ounce package shiitake mushrooms (can also use oyster or portobello)
- 1/4 cup sherry
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium beef stock
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat an oven-proof heavy-bottomed pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat for about 1-2 minutes. Pat steaks dry and season one side of filet with salt and pepper. Place seasoned side down in pan an sear for 4-5 minutes on each side, until browned. Transfer pan to oven and cook for another 7-8 minutes, or until desired doneness (to test for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into side of meat: 120°F for rare, 125-130°F for medium-rare, 135°F for medium-rare). Remove from oven and tent with aluminum foil until ready to serve.
- Meanwhile, in a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and allow to caramelize slightly (do not stir), about 5 minutes. Gently stir and season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until mushrooms are just softened. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.
- Add sherry to deglaze pan, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add beef stock and heavy cream and stir together. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and add mushrooms back to pan. Cook until sauce has thickened. Spoon warm mushrooms and sauce over steak and serve.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Mushrooms
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