Elegant Beef Blue

Elegant Beef Blue Recipe
Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson

Recipe from

Southern Living


4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup beef consommé
1/2 cup half-and-half
8 small asparagus spears
1 1/2 ounces crumbled blue cheese


Rub steaks with chopped thyme, salt, and pepper.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add oil. Add steaks, and cook 1 to 3 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks, and keep warm; reserve drippings in skillet.

Stir wine and consomme into drippings; increase heat to high. Cook, stirring often, until reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in half-and-half, and cook, stirring constantly, until reduced to 1/2 cup or desired consistency. Keep warm.

Snap off tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a vegetable peeler, if desired. Cut spears in half, and place in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Top steaks with asparagus, and sprinkle with cheese.

Broil 6 inches from heat (with electric oven door partially open) 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately with sauce.

April 1997