Ok, I'm bored in work so thought I'd post a recipe for anyone who is interested:
The reason this is a cheats recipe is because I use fillet steaks, instead of whole beef fillets (too expensive).
- Ingredients: A handful of closed cap mushrooms, one sprig of tarragon, two banana shallots, a splash of brandy, 1/2 a glass of good dry white wine, 400ml of chicken stock, two good knobs of butter.
- Method: Firstly add one of the butter knobs to a pan on a medium heat, then finely mince the shallots, fry gently until soft and starting to colour. Increase the heat and throw in the splash of brandy, flambe if you want, stir until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Add the wine and mushrooms, and again, stir until the liquid is almost gone. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil, keep on the heat until the sauce has reduced by two thirds. Add the finely chopped tarragon leaves and whisk in the remaining butter to gloss the sauce. Add pepper and keep warm.
- Ingredients: Two thick beef fillet steaks, butter and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
- Method: Firstly add the olive oil and butter to the pan, the olive oil stops the butter from burning. Once the pan is hot add the fillet steaks, put them in the pan and do not touch them for at least two minutes. Turns the steaks over and sear the other side for two minutes. Once both sides are seared season with salt and pepper to taste (note, the sauce will be quite salty, so this is down to personal taste). Add the pan to a preheated oven 170*c for about four minutes for rare steaks, 6 for medium rare etc. After which transfer to hot plates and spoon over the sauce. Serve immediately.
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