Beef Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce, Caramelized Carrots and Shallots
For the bordelaise sauce:
- 1 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1 Tbs. freshly cracked pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 to 8 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 bottle (375ml) Cabernet Sauvignon (about
1 1/3 cups)
- 2 cups unsalted veal or beef stock
- 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 2 beef filets (preferably prime), each 6 oz., well trimmed
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly cracked pepper, to taste, plus 1/8 tsp.
- 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
- 2 shallots, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
- 1 fresh thyme sprig
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
In a 10-inch fry pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter. Season the filets with salt and pepper. When the butter is hot, add the filets and sear until golden underneath, about 2 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, turn the filets, and add the carrot, shallots, the 1/8 tsp. pepper, the thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook for 3 minutes for medium-rare, or until done to your liking. Transfer the filets to warmed individual plates.
Continue cooking the vegetables, uncovered, until just tender, 1 minute more. Add the sauce, bring to a boil and stir in the remaining 2 Tbs. butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the thyme sprig and bay leaf and discard. Stir in the parsley. Spoon the sauce and vegetables around the filets and serve immediately.