Well that title is a mouthful. And so is the meal. It was wonderful. Let’s start with the seared beef.
Seared Beef Filet
4 five ounce beef filets taken out of the refrigerator for thirty minutes before needed (we used rib eyes, so those work as well)
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Grapeseed oil (I think we just used olive oil, so whatever you prefer)
1. Place a cast iron skillet or a griddle over high heat for a full five minutes.
2. Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
3. Drizzle the steaks with a teaspoon of oil and place onto the hot skillet or griddle.
4. Do not move the steak for 4 minutes.
5. Flip the steaks and cook for an additional 4 minutes for medium rare and add a minute for each additional degree of doneness. You can also finish in the oven.
6. Remove from the griddle and put on your serving plate.
Chive or Compound Butter
1 pound butter
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon sage, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
Parchment paper or plastic wrap
1. Chop the butter into uniform chunks using the dough scraper.
2. Place the oil into a food processor and add the chives. Process until the chives are finely chopped.
3. Add the remaining herbs and blend until the herbs have colored the oil.
4. Using the whisk attachment, whip the butter in the mixer work bowl at medium speed until it softens and lightens in color, about 5 to 7 minutes.
5. Add the herb oil to the butter and beat for another 2 minutes until oil is fully incorporated.
6. Remove the butter from the bowl and spoon onto parchment paper or plastic wrap. Roll into a log, using the edge of a baking sheet to form a tight log. Chill for 2 hours before serving.
Fingerling Potatoes Roasted in Duck Fat with Truffle Essence
2 pounds of fingerling potatoes, washed (we used smaller potatoes, since fingerlings weren’t available and they were just as yummy)
3 tablespoons of duck fat
2 tablespoons of picked chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon of truffle oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of grated Gruyere
1. Preheat your oven to 375℉
2. In a cast iron skillet or roasting pan large enough for the potatoes, melt the duck fat.
3. When the fat is almost smoking hot, gently add the dry potatoes. Stir them around a bit to get a light brown accent on the outside of them.
4. Season with salt and pepper and thyme.
5. Place the skillet or roasting pan in the oven and roast for 33 minutes or until a knife plunged into the biggest potato yields hardly any pressure.
6. When the potatoes are ready add the truffle oil and Gruyere and serve.
Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables
We used a mixture of shiitake mushrooms, red bell peppers, and blanched asparagus. When you blanche asparagus, you boil the asparagus in salted water for a couple of minutes, until the color is very bright green, and then instantly remove and put into an ice water bath to keep the color vibrant.
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
1 medium-sized bell pepper, julienned
1 bunch asparagus, blanched
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a non-stick skillet heat butter and oil over moderate heat until foam subsides and cook mushrooms until most of the water has evaporated out.
2. Add the bell peppers, and add some more salt to taste.
3. Add the asparagus, and cook only to reheat the asparagus but not overcook.
Note: Any vegetable can be substituted as long as they are all cut into small pieces.
A photo of these put together:
Alright, I’m tired. Soufflé coming tomorrow morning.