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Filet of Beef w/ Blue Cheese, Rosemary, & Pine Nut
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Filet mignon with a savory blue cheese sauce

Cooking New American from the Editors of Fine Cooking Mag.


  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 slices filet mignon (5 oz (140 grm). to 6 oz (168 grm). each)
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) homemade or low-salt canned chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) pine nuts, toasted in a dry skillet and chopped
  • Lightly pound filets to about 3/4 inch thick.
  • Seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • In a medium, nonreactive skillet, heat the oil over high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, sear the meat on both sides until well browned, about 3 minutes per side for medium rare.
  • Transfer the meat to a platter and tent it with foil to keep warm.
  • Pour the excess oil out of the pan, making sure to hold back the cooked-on juices and browned bits.
  • Reduce the heat to medium high and add the butter.
  • When the butter is melted, add the shallots, sauteing until softened, about 1 minute.
  • Add the wine and cook at a vigorous simmer, scraping up the browned bits with a wooden spoon and reducing until the liquid is very syrupy.
  • Add the stock and rosemary; continue boiling until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the blue cheese, along with any juices that have run off the meat; the cheese should melt just slightly.
  • Spoon the sauce over the meat, garnish with the chopped pine nuts and serve.
This recipe is from the cookbook Cooking New American: How to Cook the Food You Love to Eat, edited by Joanne McAllister Smart, copyright 2004 by The Taunton Press, Inc.

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