Cooking a romantic meal for your sweetheart is a wonderful way to show your affection. Although it doesn't appeal to everyone, I think a delicious slice of filet mignon is super sexy. It's actually one of my favorite meals! Especially when garnished with a rich mushroom ragout and drizzle of truffle oil. This steak is simple to make and the dish comes together quickly. Sound scrumptious? Wait till you see the recipe!
3 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
12 ounces crimini or button mushrooms, quartered
1/3 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
1/3 cup dry red wine
3 tablespoons whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons peanut oil
2 1-inch-thick filet mignons (about 6 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon truffle oil*
- Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add chopped garlic and marjoram; sauté 30 seconds.
- Add mushrooms; toss to coat with butter. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook until mushrooms have released their juices, about 13 minutes.
- Add chicken broth, wine, and whipping cream and bring to boil. Cook uncovered until mushrooms are tender and sauce coats mushrooms, about 5 minutes. Season mushroom ragout to taste with salt and pepper. (Ragout can be made 3 hours ahead. Cover skillet and refrigerate.)
- Heat heavy medium skillet over high heat until hot. Add peanut oil and tilt skillet to coat evenly.
- Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper.
- Add to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
- Transfer steaks to plates. Rewarm mushroom ragout in skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently. Spoon ragout partially over steaks and onto plates. Drizzle mushrooms on each plate with 1/4 teaspoon truffle oil.
* Available at Italian markets, specialty foods stores, and some supermarkets.