Monday, October 13, 2008

Recipe Round Up - Seared Steaks with Wild Mushroom Demi Glace

So I'm letting you in on one of my cooking secrets. Really it's  just a short cut, but a great one. This recipe will knock your socks off . This one is definitely one that will impress your company. Like I've said previously, I don't use recipes. So, tonight was quite a challenge for me as I prepared this meal. I was busy trying to write down exact amounts and cooking time. I am including a picture of the finished product as well as a picture of little secret - packaged Demi Glace, so you know what you will be looking for. Demi-Glace is a French brown sauce. It is quite a lengthly process if you make it from scratch. It is heavenly. I served these steaks with mashed potatoes and balsamic glazed baby carrots - it was yummy! Enjoy!!

4 - 6 oz steaks ( I always buy them from Charlie's and remove the bacon)
Kosher Salt
Ground Pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Demi Glace Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 shallot; minced
4 oz. assorted mushrooms; sliced (i used a mixture of baby bella, shitake, and oyster)
2 teaspoons fresh thyme; minced
1 pkg of Demi Glace(you can find this at Wild Oats - on the same isle as chicken stock)
Kosher Salt
Ground Pepper

Heat a sauce pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the olive oil and butter. After the butter is melted, add the shallots and cook for 1 minute. Then add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook for  5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, add the demi glace to the pan. You will add it and then four parts water. Follow the directions on the back of the package. Stir and turn down to medium low heat. Let cook until steaks are done, then add the fresh thyme.

For the steaks, preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Rub the olive oil onto both sides of the steaks, then season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat an oven proof saute pan over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the steaks and sear on each side for 2 minutes. Then, transfer the steaks, in the pan, to the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve the demi glace sauce over the steaks.

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