July 14th, 2008

With a Little Cabernet . . .

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This amazing recipe for Cabernet Filet Mignon comes to us from WhatsCookingAmerica.net.

It looks absolutely divine. And . . . isn’t red wine the perfect complement to a spectacular steak? I think so.

Click here for the entire article on the Web. Or just read below . . .

 

My husband was in “steak heaven” with this simple and easy steak! You can either cook the steak by Pan-Searing or a very easy technique called Sear-Roasting. Photo shows the steak with some cubes of blue cheese on top.

Don’t forget to check out my Cabernet Filet Mignon dinner menu which includes this fantastic Cabernet Filet Mignon.


Cabernet Filet Mignon

2 (4 to 6 ounce) 1-inch thick filet mignon steaks
Olive oil
Coarse
kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup cabernet
wine (can substitute any dry red wine)
1 to 2 tablespoons butter

Buying Steaks:

When buying steaks, buy the best grade of meat you can afford. Look for steak with fine texture and firm to the touch. You want the color to be a light cherry red color, not deep red. Also look for steaks that have marbling, as it is the thin threads of fat running through the meat that make it Prime and gives the wonderful flavor. Check out Types of Steaks and Cooking Techniques for the Perfect Steak.

Bring steaks to room temperature before cooking. Coat steaks lightly with olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper (press in with your hands). Be careful not to over season, as the seasonings are to enhance the flavor of the meat and not to cover it up.

Using the Pan-Searing or Sear-Roasting techniques (see below techniques), proceed to cook your steak to your desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness:

    Rare – 120°F
    Medium Rare – 125°F
    Medium – 130°F

Add the wine to the pan and bring to a boil, scraping any pieces of steak off the bottom of the pan and stirring them into the emerging sauce. Let the liquid boil until reduced to approximately 1/3 cup. Remove pan from heat. Add the butter and mix it in by swirling the pan. Pour the sauce over the steaks just before serving.

 

 

Makes 2 servings.

 

 



PAN-SEARING:
In a heavy frying pan (I use my cast-iron frying pan) over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the steaks, moving them with tongs a little so they don’t stick to the bottom, for 5 to 6 minutes per side. When the steaks are crusty-charred and done to your liking, remove from the pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving. During this time the meat continues to cook (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven) and the juices redistribute; add juices that accumulate from resting steaks to Cabernet-Cherry Sauce). Serve whole or slice thin and fan onto individual serving plates.
 
 
 
 

 

SEAR-ROASTING:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (a very hot oven produces a juicy interior). Place a 10- to 12-inch ovenproof skillet or cast-iron skillet in oven. When oven reaches 500 degrees temperature, remove pan from oven and place on range over high heat (the pan and the handle will be extremely hot – be careful).
 
 
 

 

Immediately place steaks in the middle of hot, dry pan (if cooking more than one piece of meat, add the pieces carefully so that they are not touching each other). Cook 1 to 2 minutes without moving; turn with tongs and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and put the cast iron skillet with the steaks in it into the oven. Cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness of steaks and degree of doneness you like. When the steaks are crusty-charred and done to your liking, remove from the pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving. During this time the meat continues to cook (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven) and the juices redistribute (add juices that accumulate from resting steaks to Cabernet-Cherry Sauce). Serve whole or slice thin and fan onto individual serving plates.
 
 
 
 

 

 

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One Response to “With a Little Cabernet . . .”

  1. ria Says:

    Nice recipe.



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