Filet Mignon with Mushroom

Ingredients

4 thin slices white bread
4 oz pate de foie gras or mousse de foie gras
5 tbsp butter
4 large mushroom caps
2 tsp vegetable oil
4 fillet steaks (1-inch thick)
3-4 tbsp Madeira or port
1/2 cup beef stock
watercress, to garnish

Method

  1. Cut the bread into rounds about the same diameter as the steaks, using a large round cutter or by cutting into squares, then cutting off the corners.
  2. Toast the bread and spread with the foie gras, dividing it evenly. Place the croutons on warmed plates.
  3. Flute the mushroom caps using the edge of a knife blade, if you wish, for a decorative effect.
  4. Melt about 2 tbsp of the butter over a medium heat and sauté the mushrooms until golden. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  5. In the same pan, melt another 2 tbsp of the butter with the oil over a medium-high heat, swirling to combine. When the butter begins to brown, add the steaks and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning once, until done as preferred (medium-rare meat will still be slightly soft when pressed, medium will be springy and well-done firm). Place the steaks on the croutons and top with the mushroom caps.
  6. Add the Madeira or port to the pan and boil for 20-30 seconds. Add the stock and boil over a high heat until reduced by three-quarters, then swirl in the remaining butter.
  7. Pour a little sauce over each steak, then garnish with watercress before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: French Delicious Classic Cuisine Made Easy


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