This restaurant-worthy meal feels date-night special. Make sure to let the meat rest before slicing so the juices can redistribute.
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3/4 pound medium red potatoes, quartered
8 ounces sirloin steak, trimmed
3 tablespoons minced shallots
1/4 cup dry red wine (such as merlot)
1 cup unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine 2 teaspoons oil, 2 teaspoons thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and potatoes in a bowl. Spread potato mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until browned, stirring every 10 minutes.
Heat a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl. Sprinkle steak with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add steak to pan; cook 10 minutes, turning to brown all sides. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 12 minutes for medium-rare or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes.
Wipe out pan with paper towels. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons thyme and shallots to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add wine; cook until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup. Remove pan from heat; stir in butter. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices. Divide steak between 2 plates; drizzle with red wine sauce. Serve with potatoes.
We worked on the sauce first, reducing and then setting it aside -- no way this could have been done in five minutes! Had large-ish potatoes so cut them into eighths rather than quarters and with that size the thirty minutes oven time was fine. Twenty-two minutes would have ruined the beef (for us), so just pan-seared to medium. While the steak rested, brought the sauce back to temp & whisked in the butter and accumulated meat juices to finish. Served with CL's braised brussels sprouts/cider. Good dinner.
This recipe isn't bad, but just about all the cooking times are way off.First, the potatoes need to cook for 45 minutes. I generally stir every 15, but 10 is fine too. Second, pan seared for 10 minutes then baked for 12 minutes is WAY too long. I followed the pan sear for 10 minutes, then decided 12 was too long about 5 minutes past WELL DONE. I suggest checking after the 10 minutes to see if oven baking is even needed. FYI - my sirloin steak was about 1" thick. Third, it takes way more than 4 minutes for the sauce to cook down to 1/3 cup. I finally gave up at 8 minutes as everything was getting cold. This is a good tasting recipe and doesn't take too much time to make, but it is time-specific. I was very disappointed how poorly CL had the times (truly an unusual experience)..