Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce over Sauteed Spinach

posted: 06/30/10


For the Red Wine Sauce

  • 1 1/2 ounces/45 g mixed dried mushrooms (such as chanterelle, trumpet and morel mushrooms)
  • 3 cups/660 ml cold water
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 2/3 cup/375 ml dry red wine
  • 1 2/3 cup/375 ml ruby port
  • 2 cups/450 ml beef stock

For the Steaks and Spinach:

  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 red pearl onions
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 4 ounces/115 g oyster mushrooms, halved lengthwise
  • 12 ounces/340 g baby spinach leaves


To Make the Red Wine Sauce:

  1. In a medium bowl, soak the dried mushrooms in warm water for 2 hours or until the mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove the mushrooms from the liquid, squeezing any excess liquid from the mushrooms back into the bowl.
  2. Reserve the liquid and the mushrooms separately. Heat the oil in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saut? until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the red wine, port, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer over high heat.
  3. Simmer the sauce over medium heat for 35 minutes or until the liquid reduces and resembles a glaze. Add the beef stock and the reserved mushroom soaking liquid. Bring to a simmer over high heat.
  4. Continue to simmer over medium heat for a further 40 minutes or until reduced to about 2 cups. Strain the sauce into a small bowl, discarding the shallots, thyme and bay leaves. Set the sauce aside.

To Cook Steaks:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon/15 ml of oil in a heavy large fry pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the steaks with salt and pepper. Add the red onions and the steaks to the pan and cook until the steaks are golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer the steaks to a plate and let rest. Cut the portobello mushrooms into thick slices. Add the portobello and oyster mushrooms to the pan with the red onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the reserved soaked dried mushrooms and toss to combine. Cook until the mushrooms are soft, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Pour the sauce over the mushrooms. Bring the sauce to a simmer.
  4. Continue simmering until the sauce reduces slightly, about 5 minutes. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Return the steaks to the pan and simmer 30 seconds per side, or until the steaks are hot.

To Cook the Spinach and Serve:

  1. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon/15 ml of oil in a large saut? pan over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Saut? until the spinach wilts, approximately 2 minutes. Remove from pan from the heat. Place a large round cutter in the center of each plate.
  2. Spoon some of the spinach into the cutter to form the spinach in a disc shape on each plate. Place the steaks atop the spinach. Spoon the mushrooms and baby onions around the outer edge of the plate. Drizzle the sauce over and around the steak and spinach, then serve and enjoy!
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