sl - Dinner for Two
Sprinkle beef evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Brown fillets in hot oil in an ovenproof or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes on each side. Remove fillets, reserving drippings in skillet.
Melt butter in drippings over medium-high heat. Add yellow and red onion rings, and sauté 5 minutes.
Add green onions, shallots, and garlic, and sauté 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in cognac and broth; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until liquid evaporates (about 5 minutes). Place fillets on top of onion mixture in skillet. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat registers 135° (medium rare).
Remove fillets from skillet, reserving onion mixture in skillet; cover fillets loosely, and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes.
Cook onion mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fillets.
*1/4 cup red wine or beef broth may be substituted for cognac.
This hearty salad serves as a filling lunch or delicious dinner starter. For ease, make the Sweet-and-Spicy Pecans and Balsamic Vinaigrette ahead of time.
Toss together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette, gently tossing to coat. Serve with remaining vinaigrette.
These seasoned pecans are a great topping for salads or eaten as a stand-alone snack.
Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and warm water until sugar dissolves. Add pecans; soak 10 minutes. Drain; discard liquid.
Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, chili powder, and red pepper. Add pecans; toss to coat. Place pecans in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once.
Store leftover vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Whisk together first 7 ingredients until blended. Gradually whisk in olive oil, blending well.
Beef Fillets with Cognac-Onion Sauce
Baby Blue Salad
This menu features the all-time popular Baby Blue Salad and Beef Fillets with Cognac-Onion Sauce, reduces their serving size and creates a truly memorable dish. The meal is designed with Valentine's Day in mind. (Serves 2)
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