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.
- 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
- Season your steaks with salt and pepper before resting on a plate at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
- Drizzle a pan with some olive oil and turn up the heat to medium-high.
- Add the fillet steaks to the pan when the oil is sizzling.
- 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.
- Remove from the pan and rest on a plate.
To Create the Sauce
- Chop the onions and garlic while the steaks are cooking.
- Using the pan that you have cooked the steaks in, melt the butter over a medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and garlic and fry over a medium heat until softened.
- Add the Chianti Italian wine to the pan and stir to scrape the remaining beef juices from the bottom of the pan.
- 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.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil again before reducing heat to medium-low and simmering for 12 minutes.
- Season sauce with salt and black pepper.
- Serve your steak and sauce with the potatoes and vegetables of your choice.
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