Peppered Sirloin with Cherry-Merlot Sauce and Gorgonzola

Recipe from

Southern Living


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (1.5-quart) CIRCULON Covered Saucepan
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 cup FETZER Eagle Peak Merlot
1/3 cup dried tart cherries
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
1 large shallot, sliced
1 package (about 2 pounds) HORMEL Always Tender Peppercorn Beef Filet of Sirloin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (12-inch) CIRCULON Open Clad Skillet
2 tablespoons low-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon McCORMICK Gourmet Collection Crushed Rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola CHEESE
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Preheat oven to 325°. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1 cup broth and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring often, 8 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove pan from heat, and set aside.

Brown beef in hot oil in skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until browned on all sides.

Bake beef in skillet at 325° for 32 to 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155° (medium). Remove beef to a cutting board, reserving juices in pan. Cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Add cherry mixture, 2 tablespoons broth, maple syrup, and rosemary to skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to loosen browned particles from bottom of skillet. Stir in salt and pepper. Drizzle sauce over sliced beef; sprinkle evenly with cheese and parsley.

January 2003
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