Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Steak with Cabernet Mushrooms

This is a quick, easy recipe with just a handful of ingredients. I use a rosemary, garlic flavored olive oil, but it isn't necessary. I usually use a portabello mushroom, but I had button mushrooms in the fridge tonight. The portabello just give it a bit of a richer, earthy flavor. For the Cabernet Savignon, I just use whatever I plan to drink with dinner. Other wines would probably work, I just think this pairs particularly well with a Cab so it's what I use. I've also made this without wine and it turned out as well. It's a fairly forgiving recipe.

Sliced Mushrooms

The mushrooms just before adding the wine, garlic, salt and pepper.

Sauteed Cabernet Mushrooms

The mushrooms are done and the steaks are just warming a bit.

Steaks with Cabernet Mushrooms

I served this with a light cucumber salad and corn on the cob.

Steak with Cabernet Mushrooms, Cucumber Salad and Corn on the Cob

Steak with Cabernet Mushrooms

Steaks of your choice, I used sirloin steaks
Sliced Mushrooms, I used button, but prefer portabello
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil, flavored or not
1 Tbsp Butter
1 clove garlic, diced or crushed (or 1 tsp crushed garlic from a jar)
Cabernet Savignon

Pour Olive Oil and heat skillet on med high
When hot place steaks in pan and sear
Turn heat down to medium and cook to desired level of doneness. 8-10 minutes flipping half way through for 3/4" steaks to medium-rare. (Time you cook will depend on how thick the steaks are and how well done you like your steaks)
Remove steaks to a plate temporarily

Turn the heat down to medium-low
Add butter and mushrooms to the skillet and stir gently
As the mushrooms are coated with the butter the brown fond and bits of meat will come off the bottom of the pan and mix with the mushrooms turning them a lovely brown color
As they begin to soften add the garlic, a splash of the Cabernet Savignon (at least a tablespoon, but more won't hurt so long as you don't go overboard), salt and pepper to taste
Saute until liquid is reduced, about 2-4 minutes
Add steaks back to the pan to warm through
Place the steaks on plates and cover with mushroom mixture

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