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Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams Photo by: Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

Beef Filets with Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Popovers

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2010

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 steak, 1 popover, and 1/3 cup sauce)

Ingredients

  • Popovers:
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 4 ounces sliced fresh cremini mushroom caps (about 2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pinot noir
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Beef:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine milk and eggs in a bowl. Weigh or lightly spoon 4.5 ounces flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt to milk mixture, stirring well; let stand 30 minutes. Place popover tin in oven for 5 minutes. Remove tin from oven; lightly coat popover cups with cooking spray. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each cup, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until puffed and golden.

3. Place porcini mushrooms in a bowl, and cover with 2 cups boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving mushrooms and soaking liquid. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots to pan; sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add cremini mushrooms to pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until almost tender. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in porcini, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add wine to pan; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid almost evaporates (about 3 minutes). Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour over mushroom mixture; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Gradually add the reserved mushroom soaking liquid, stirring constantly; bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring frequently. Stir in herbs.

4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle beef with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add beef to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; let stand 10 minutes.

Wine note: Beef Filets with Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Popovers pairs well with 2007 Bodeaga Catena Zapata Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina ($20). It has a smooth tobacco aroma that opens into deep waves of vanilla and cassis—filled out by roasted plums and caramelized grapefruit. --Alexander Spacher

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 405
  • Fat: 19.9g
  • Saturated fat: 6.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 29.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 24.8g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 146mg
  • Iron: 3.6mg
  • Sodium: 675mg
  • Calcium: 113mg
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