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RECIPE: Fillet Steak and Italian Red Wine Sauce

For many people, fillet steak is their first choice when eating out at a restaurant. It is also a fantastic meal to make at home on a special occasion. Most people enjoy a sauce to accompany their steak and an Italian red wine sauce is a great option. Full-bodied, strong Italian wines, such as Chianti, are ideal for making a rich and delicious sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to a fillet steak. If you want to make a romantic meal for two, here are the ingredients and instructions on how to do so.

 

For many people, fillet steak is their first choice when eating out at a restaurant. It is also a fantastic meal to make at home on a special occasion. Most people enjoy a sauce to accompany their steak and an Italian red wine sauce is a great option. Full-bodied, strong Italian wines, such as Chianti, are ideal for making a rich and delicious sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to a fillet steak. If you want to make a romantic meal for two, here are the ingredients and instructions on how to do so.

Ingredients

  • 2 fillet steaks (approx. 140g/ 50z each)
  • 1 cup of Chianti or other Italian red wine
  • 1 cup of beef stock
  • 1 finely chopped red onion
  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 30g butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking

To Cook the Steaks

  1. Season your steaks with salt and pepper before resting on a plate at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Drizzle a pan with some olive oil and turn up the heat to medium-high.
  3. Add the fillet steaks to the pan when the oil is sizzling.
  4. To cook the steaks to medium, cook on each side for three and a half minutes. Cook for a minute more on each side for well done and a minute less on each side for medium-rare.
  5. Remove from the pan and rest on a plate.

To Create the Sauce

  1. Chop the onions and garlic while the steaks are cooking.
  2. Using the pan that you have cooked the steaks in, melt the butter over a medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped onions and garlic and fry over a medium heat until softened.
  4. Add the Chianti Italian wine to the pan and stir to scrape the remaining beef juices from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Turn up the heat to bring the mixture to the boil before reducing heat to medium-low and allowing to simmer for three to four minutes.
  6. Add the stock and bring to the boil again before reducing heat to medium-low and simmering for 12 minutes.
  7. Season sauce with salt and black pepper.
  8. Serve your steak and sauce with the potatoes and vegetables of your choice.

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