Friday, August 31, 2007

Herb-Coated Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

I made these steaks the other day for the first time and they were so good!! Because there is only two (Eli doesn't come anywhere near eating a whole steak) of us and four steaks came in the package, I went ahead and coated the other two steaks and made them another day for dinner. Now, I didn't have rosemary (I guess I forgot to check my spices before I went to the grocery) and I didn't use fresh herbs. I usually don't because they are expensive and I never use them all before they go bad. However, not fresh and without rosemary, they still tasted great!

1t salt
1t chopped fresh thyme
1t chopped fresh rosemary
1/2t black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 (4-oz) beef tenderloin steaks
Cooking spray

1t olive oil
1/2t fresh thyme
1 (8-oz) package presliced cremini mushrooms (or any mushrooms)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1T water
1t cornstarch

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Combine first 5 ingredients. Coat both sides of steaks with cooking spray; rub steaks evenly with thyme mixture. Place steaks on rack of a broiler or roasting pan coated with cooking spray; bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from oven; keep warm.
3. To prepare gravy, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon thyme, mushrooms, and 4 garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add broth and wine; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half (about 4 minutes).
4. Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Serve with steaks.

This recipe came from Cooking Light Magazine and they gave a game plan for fixing the meal and the side dishes (baked potatoes and green peas with leeks).

1. While oven preheats:
-microwave potatoes at high for 6 minutes
-rub spices on steaks
-wash and slice leeks
2. While steaks cook:
-put potatoes in oven to bake (at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until done)
-cook leeks
-saute mushrooms and garlic for gravy
3. While steaks rest:
-add cornstarch mixture to thicken gravy
-add peas to leeks

I don't really know what leeks are so we just stick with plain peas. But, I thought I would still mention the leeks in case anyone reading this likes them. Let me know how you like it!!

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