Thursday, December 15, 2011

tournedos of beef

This dish seems to be a favorite of a Betty Neels hero -- appears in many of her novels.



4 slices, country-style bread
Olive oil
Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bread on a work surface and using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut a round crouton from the center of each piece of bread. Brush both sides of the croutons with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place the croutons on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Tournedos and Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 beef fillet steaks, about 6 ounces
Salt and coarsely ground black pepper
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
2 shallots, finely diced
1 cup red wine
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over high heat. Season the fillets with salt and press the coarsely cracked black pepper onto 1 side of each fillet. Place the fillets pepper-side down into the skillet and sear until golden brown, turn the fillets over and continue cooking for 4 to 5 minutes for medium-rare doneness. Remove the steaks to a plate. Remove all but 3 tablespoons of the fat in the pan and return to high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until golden brown and their liquid has evaporated. Add the shallots and cook until soft. Add the red wine and reduce by half. Add the broth and cook until reduced by half. Whisk in the mustard and butter and cook for 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place each fillet on top of a crouton and spoon some of the sauce over.


Scalloped potatoes

Servings: 6

4 cups thinly sliced potatoes

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated cheese, to sprinkle on top



1 In a small sauce pan, melt butter and blend in flour.

2 Let sit for a minute.

3 Add all of cold milk, stirring with a whisk.

4 Season with salt and cayenne.

5 Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling, stirring occasionally with a whisk.

6 Reduce heat and stir in cheese.

7 Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a lightly greased one quart casserole dish.

8 Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.

9 Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce.

10 Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

11 Top with some paprika for color.

12 Bake uncovered for about 1 hour at 350F.


grilled asparagus

french bread
scoring nil

french bread2 -scoring not right yikes!

still workin' on the pockets. :(

better now.


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