Where was I again?
Oh yes. Steak. This recipe is at its very best when made with little filet tenderloins. I know they are pricy, but they are absolutely perfect when you make them this way, and you’re worth it!! But first, you want to start off by making the butter so it is all ready when your steak is. You start with some soft butter, and mash it up with whatever combination of herbs and spices take your fancy. I like fresh tarragon and minced shallots and a little ground pepper, but fresh rosemary, sage and parsley are also wonderful – so is minced garlic. Etc, etc. Herb butter is also great in scrambled eggs by the way. Just saying.
Now to start the main event! You begin by sauteing the garlic and shallots in a heavy skillet for about 10 minutes until they are brown and crispy. Scoop them out, make sure the heat is nice and high, and now it’s time for the filets.
Make sure you dry them off thoroughly with a paper towel, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and place them in the pan at least an inch apart from each other. (Any closer and they will steam rather than sear, and we don’t want that!). If you like them rare to medium rare the way we do, cook them for 4 minutes on each side, and don’t move them at all while they are cooking – this is how you get a nice crusty sear. If your steaks are thicker than 1 1/2 inches, or if you like them a little more well done, increase the cooking time a minute or two on each side.
Now scoop them out, smear them with a little herb butter and let them sit for a few minutes…this will let the juices settle inside the steak rather than running out all over your plate when you cut into them. It will also give your glorious butter some time to melt all over your steak.
Now serve them up with the crispy garlic and shallots alongside of them, and all of the sudden the fact that your grill is in dry dock until the snow melts won’t feel so bad! Especially if you follow them with baked hot chocolate (click here for that one) for dessert. We can all eat salad tomorrow…we promise!