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Ingredients

Filet Mignon With Shallot Butter

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter (no substitution), room temp
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 beef tenderloin (filet mignon) steaks, about 1 inch thick and 6 oz each

Oven Fries

  • 12 ounce fingerling potatoes, cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Creamed Spinach

  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons light sour cream

Directions



Filet Mignon With Shallot Butter

In 10-inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil on medium. Add shallot and rosemary; cook 2 minutes or until shallot is golden, stirring. Add wine. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until most of wine has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly. In small bowl, combine butter and shallot mixture. Stir in parsley. Refrigerate.

Wipe out skillet; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Heat on medium-high until very hot. Season steaks with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place steaks in skillet. Cook 3 minutes, or until browned. Turn over; cook 3 minutes or until desired doneness (145 degrees for med-rare). Transfer to plate; let stand 5 minutes.

To serve, top steaks with red wine-shallot butter. Serve with oven fries and creamed spinach.

Oven Fries

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In jelly roll pan, toss fingerling potatoes with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on pan; roast 15 minutes. Stir potatoes; roast 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and tender.

Creamed Spinach

In 2-quart saucepan, heat half-and-half, nutmeg, salt and pepper to simmering on medium heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan cheese and sour cream. Cook 2 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.

This recipe is courtesy 719woman.com.
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