Filet Mignon with Carmelized Leeks and Carrots and Bordelaise Sauce

January 24, 2010

Inspired by a recipe I found at the Williams Sonoma years ago, this has become a favorite request for birthday dinners.  This week it was R’s turn.  Served with Parmesan Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts, the meal was a reason to celebrate all by itself.

  • Filet Mignon.  I made six here but it’s easy to do just two.  Ask the butcher to cut them about an inch thick.
  • Cabernet Savignon, one bottle
  • Beef Broth, 1 1/2 cups
  • Garlic, 3 cloves
  • Leeks, 2 or 3
  • Carrots, a good handful or two of baby carrots or several regular carrots
  • Rosemary, several sprigs
  • Thyme, several sprigs
  • Bay Leaves, 2 or 3
  • Butter, 6 tablespoons
  • Coarse Ground Salt and Pepper

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small, heavy saucepan.  Add the crushed garlic cloves, a bay leaf and a couple sprigs of both rosemary and thyme.  Cook for a few minutes.Add the wine and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, slice the leeks and carrots.Continue boiling the wine mixture until it’s reduced to about a cup.  Add the beef stock and simmer for another 15 or 20 minutes.Strain the sauce and put it back in the saucepan to stay warm.In a large saute pan, melt a couple tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.  Add the steaks and season with salt and pepper.   Cook until they begin to brown.Turn the meat and add the leeks, carrots, a couple of bay leaves and a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme.  Cover and cook for just a few more minutes, or until the meat is done to your liking.  Medium rare took about 4 minutes.Remove the filets to a warm plate.  Continue cooking the vegetables until they brown and the leeks begin to carmelize.  Add a bit more butter if the pan seems dry.Add the sauce and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until it begins to thicken.  Adjust the salt and pepper if necessary.Return the meat to the pan for just a few seconds, long enough to coat it with the sauce and mix it all together.Ladle the sauce and veggies over the meat and garnish with a sprig of thyme and a couple of carrots.  Enjoy with a nice glass of Cabernet Savignon.

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1 megan January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

Your pictures are incredible. So crisp and clear – i love looking at them! I just found your blog through the foodie blog roll, and I am amazed. I hope to one day be able to take pictures even remotely as good as yours are. :)

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