Filet Mignon with Spicy Bearnaise

May 2, 2011

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Classic Bearnaise gets a bit of a spicy kick and tops a tender Filet Mignon for a meal worthy of any special occasion.

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  • Filet Mignon (Whole tenderloin was on sale so I had the butcher slice it up into 1 1/2 inch thick pieces. I cooked six of these and saved the rest for another day. )
  • White Wine, 3/4 cup
  • Tarragon Vinegar, 2 tablespoons
  • Shallots, 2
  • Parsley, 1 tablespoon snipped
  • Tarragon, 1/4 cup snipped plus more for garnish
  • Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Safest Choice Egg Yolks, 3
  • Butter, 3/4 cup plus more for cooking the meat
  • Coarse Ground Salt and Pepper

Mince the shallots and snip the herbs.

In a small heavy saucepan, combine the wine, vinegar, shallots, herbs and cayenne.  Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook until it’s reduced by about half.  Set it aside and let it cool completely.

Meanwhile, separate the eggs and whirl the yolks in the blender.

Add the wine mixture and give it another whirl.

In a small saucepan, heat the butter until it’s bubbling but not brown.  Turn the blender on and slowly, slowly add the butter, just a little at first.  It should start to thicken and then you add the rest, also very slowly.

CONFESSION:  For whatever mysterious reason, my sauce didn’t emulsify and thicken like it’s done before.  I did a quick save by returning it to the saucepan over VERY low heat and whisking in a couple more egg yolks.  It thickened up just perfectly.

Set the sauce aside and keep it warm.  I just put the gravy boat on the back of the stove near the burner I was using for the meat.  You could also put it in the top of a double boiler over VERY low heat.

Now on to the beef.  In a large saute pan over medium high heat,  heat enough butter to generously cover the bottom of the pan until it just begins to brown.

Arrange the steaks but don’t overcrowd.  Do it in batches if you don’t have enough room.  Season generously with salt and pepper.

When the underside is nice and brown,  turn them over only once.

Put a sprig of tarragon on top of each one, cover the pan and let them cook for just another few minutes, depending on how rare you like your beef and how thick the steaks are.

Remove to  plates, top with the Bearnaise and garnish with another sprig of tarragon.  Parmesan Potatoes were a perfect side dish. Serve it up immediately and enjoy!


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1 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I absolutely love bernaise sauce with steak. We have one local steakhouse that offers it on their menu. I always, always order it there :-) Thanks for the info on the Safest Choice eggs. I haven’t seen those in our local grocery stores yet, but I’ll be watching for them!


2 kimberlycun May 3, 2011 at 12:46 am

this is the first time i’ve heard of bernaise. it sounds divine with steak! yums


3 Chef Thomas Minchella May 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I always loved bernaise. I remember making bernaise when I was only 17 and cooking at a local restaurant. I would dip my beef tenderloin in the bernaise and devour it! A couple of years ago we changed to pasteurized eggs for safety and they work great. In order to get the bernaise to thicken, the butter must be at least 165 to 170 degrees, this will cook the eggs slightly and help thicken the sauce!! Great post!!


4 Mariko May 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Can I just say I’m a carnivore?
That picture is not helping. Yummmmm.
Your pictures are so well lit and I love the edges on everything. What lens are you using?


5 Karen Bove May 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm


I almost always use my 24-70 mm 2.8 in the kitchen, lit by one Alien Bee bounced off the ceiling.


6 Cathy S. May 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Karen, thank you for the recipe. We enjoyed it tonight! Everyone loved it, even the 2-year-old!


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