Beef Tenderloin Steaks With Mustard-Cognac Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

From the October 2006 issue of Bon Appetit magazine. This tastes sooo good; you've just got to try it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Sprinkle steaks on all sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.
  4. Add steaks and sear until brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Add 3 Tbs butter, garlic, thyme, and rosemary to skillet.
  7. Cook steaks to desired doneness, turning occasionally and basting with pan juices, about 12 minutes for medium-rare.
  8. Transfer steaks to small rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in oven.
  9. Pour contents of skillet into small bowl.
  10. Return 3 Tbs of drippings from bowl to same skillet and place over high heat.
  11. Add shallots and saute 2 minutes.
  12. Add Cognac and Port and stir 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits.
  13. Add broth and boil until sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 12 minutes.
  14. Whisk in Dijon mustard, then remaining 3 Tbs cold butter, 1 Tbs at a time.
  15. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.
  16. Arrange steaks on plates; whisk any accumulated juices from baking sheet into sauce.
  17. Spoon sauce over steaks and serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

Wonderful sauce! I cooked my tenderloins on the grill, but made this sauce on the stovetop by starting at step 10, adding the garlic, rosemary and thyme alond with the shallots. It was a perfect accompaniment to rare tenderloins, and 1/3 of the recipe was more than enough for two steaks. This is a definate make again!

5 5

Excellent dish....not super easy but fun to make.