Pan Seared Filet Mignon with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce and Blue Cheese

A beautiful meal of pan seared filet mignon with mushroom red wine sauce and topped with crumbled blue cheese served with buttered asparagus.

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Pan Seared Filet Mignon with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce and Blue Cheese
Course Dinner
Servings
16 Servings
Ingredients
Filets
  • 8 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 16 - 64 ounce filets
  • Salt and pepper
Mushroom Red Wine Sauce
  • 8 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 cup dry red wine
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 16 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cup beef broth
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 48 ounces sliced mushrooms each cut in half
  • 8 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 8 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 16 tablespoons minced onion or shallot
Asparagus
  • two wedges of lemon optional
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • optional blue cheese to garnish
  • 64 ounces asparagus
  • 16 teaspoons butter or ghee
Course Dinner
Servings
16 Servings
Ingredients
Filets
  • 8 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 16 - 64 ounce filets
  • Salt and pepper
Mushroom Red Wine Sauce
  • 8 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 cup dry red wine
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 16 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cup beef broth
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 48 ounces sliced mushrooms each cut in half
  • 8 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 8 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 16 tablespoons minced onion or shallot
Asparagus
  • two wedges of lemon optional
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • optional blue cheese to garnish
  • 64 ounces asparagus
  • 16 teaspoons butter or ghee
Instructions
The night before:
  1. Salt all sides of the filet, cover and refrigerate. 2. Put the wet ingredients for the red wine mushroom sauce in another container, stir together and refrigerate. 3. Cut about 1 1/2 - 2 inches off of the bottom of the asparagus and then lightly peel the lower half of each spear with a vegetable peeler. Place into a microwaveable serving dish, cover and refrigerate. 4. Remove about 1/4 of the sliced mushrooms from their container and place into a plastic bag and save for another use. Cut the remaining mushrooms in half, return them to their container and cover with plastic wrap.
Procedure:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and place the rack in the middle position. Preheat the skillet over medium-high heat. Pat each fillet dry with a paper towel. Brush all sides generously with olive oil and season all surfaces with salt and pepper. Add a little oil to the skillet and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the filets to the pan and set the timer for 3-4 minutes (3 for thinner cuts and 4 for a thicker cut). Turn the heat to just a hair above medium. When the timer goes off, flip the meat and set the timer for 2 - 3 1/2 minutes. Turn off the heat, add a small pat of butter to the top of each filet and place into the oven. Set the timer per the suggestions on the chart. If you have an electric thermometer, set the temperature for your desired degree of doneness and stick the thermometer into one of the files - right into the center but not all of the ways through the meat. You want it in the middle.
Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce:
  1. Place the saute pan over medium-high heat. When it gets hot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Swirl to coat the pan. Add the mushrooms to the pan and spread them out in one layer. Turn the timer for 5 minutes or cook until the mushrooms have browned nicely on one side. Shake the pan and turn the mushrooms over. Yes, each one. Reduce the heat to medium and cook about 3 minutes. Push the mushrooms to the sides of the pan. Add the onion and garlic and a little bit of oil to the middle of the pan. Saute until they become soft and translucent. At some point, they will become mixed in with the mushrooms. Add the wet sauce ingredients to the pan and a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Bring the sauce up to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce just begins to thicken. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to finish the sauce and stir in. Turn off the heat.
Finishing:
  1. Remove the filets from the oven and lay a piece of foil gently over the top. Let the meat rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the asparagus into the microwave for about 3 minutes on high. Then, VERY CAREFULLY pull away a corner of the plastic wrap and drain the water. Add two teaspoons of butter and mix. salt and pepper to taste.
Plate:
  1. Place a filet mignon on each plate. Spoon half of the mushrooms and sauce over each and top with blue cheese crumbles is using. Divide the asparagus between the two plates and serve with a wedge of lemon.

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