Recipe by Lavender Lynn
"A good cut of beef -- filet, rib eye, or New York strip -- cooked pink, served with sauteed red and yellow bell peppers in a mound, on a plate with a classic beurre blanc sauce, and the option of eating it with fresh guacamole and corn chips. French meets fresh Latin food."
- 4 small avocados, peeled and mashed
- 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
- 1⁄2 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄4 cup corn oil
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 (4 ounce) package button mushrooms, sliced thin
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed, crushed
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons water
Beurre blanc sauce
- 3 tablespoons corn oil
- 3 large shallots, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, smashed
- 3 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin fillets, room temperature
- 1 (16 ounce) package corn chips
Directions See How It's Made
- Stir the avocado, roma tomatoes, minced shallot, jalapeno pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl.
- Chill in refrigerator to allow flavors to meld.
- Place the chicken stock in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer the stock until reduced to about 1/2 cup.
- Heat 1/4 cup corn oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook the red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper in the hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir the mushrooms into the peppers; season with the coriander seeds, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Add the reduced chicken stock and the water; cook and stir until the moisture has been absorbed, another 5 to 7 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to a plate lined with paper towels to allow the grease to drain.
- Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir the sliced shallots in the hot oil until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the crushed garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
- Pour 3 1/2 cups water over the mixture and bring to a boil; cook at a boil until the liquid reduces to 1 cup.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and return the strained liquid to the saucepan, keeping it over medium heat.
- Add the white wine vinegar and return to a boil; continue cooking at a boil until the liquid reduced to about 1/4 cup.
- Quickly whisk in the chilled butter until just melted, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and keep warm while you prepare the steaks.
- Place a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and allow get hot.
- Heat the oil in the skillet.
- Cook the steaks in the hot oil until they start to firm, and are reddish-pink and juicy in the center, about 5 minutes per side.
- An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C).
- Cover the meat with two layers of aluminum foil and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes.
- Place a mound of the bell pepper mixture into the center of each serving plate.
- Slice the rested steaks in half and place atop each mound.
- Spoon a few spoonfuls of the butter mixture onto the plate to surround the stack.
- Serve with the chilled guacamole and corn chips.