Pan-searing these fillet steaks gives a beautiful colour and crust on the outside and leaves them so tender inside! As if that weren't tantalising enough, the steaks are topped with an easy to make Cabernet and mushroom sauce.
Made several batches of this for a dinner party tonight, and it's wonderful. My methodology was a little different than the recipe: I seared the steaks on both sides, then finished in the oven to medium. When i removed the steaks from the pan, there was lots of yummy brown fond in the bottom of the pan, which I included in the sauce (if you prepare your steaks and sauce in separate cooking vessels, your sauce will suffer for lack of yummy brown bits!). I didn't cook the steaks in the sauce - used only 1/2 cup wine and 1/2 cup stock, let it reduce by half, then removed from heat and swirled in 2 tablespoons butter at the end to give the sauce a little extra rich feel; this also allowed me to omit the cornstarch and still have a nice, rich sauce. - 03 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Fantastic meal. No leftovers. Used green onions instead of shallot. Rather than corn starch, made a roux with flour and butter and added the shiraz to that. Perfect mix of tender and crusty. We'd have happily paid a lot for this in a restaurant. Can't wait to try again soon. - 28 Mar 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Hubs prepared the steaks on the grill (to perfection I might add) while I took care of the sauce. I have to admit my first impression was that I was kind of turned off by the sort of purply mushrooms and sauce. I used a good quality, rich beef stock and an even better Cabernet Sauvignon. Wow, this is really gonna be good, I thought. I added the cornstarch but found it really wasn't necessary; the sauce reduced nicely on its own. We sat down to eat and were surprised and disappointed to find the sauce...weak. I expected full-bodied flavor but it just wasn't there. - 01 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)