Signature Series Artisan Recipe - July 2013


Here is a great cooking tip; nothing complements dry red wines than a tender, sizzling steak.  This recipes takes a deeply flavored filet mignon quickly cooked in a bath of full-bodied red wine and cooked to a hot-pink medium rare.  Pair it with this month's Signature Series selection for a elegant and tasty meal.
 Beef Fillet with Barolo Sauce
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Beef Fillet with Barolo Sauce

Ingredients:
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• salt
• black pepper
• 2 filet mignons (no more than 1-inch thick)
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 Tbsp butter
• 3/4 cup dry red wine

Preparation:
Spread the flour evenly on a plate and season it generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Dredge the filets in the flour, turning to cover all sides, knocking off any excess so the meat is just lightly coated with seasoned flour.

Peel the garlic cloves and smash them to release their juices.

Put the olive oil and butter in a heavy skillet and place it over medium high heat until the butter is melted and sizzling. Put in the steaks and the garlic and sear the  steaks briefly, about 1 minute on each side, until they start to brown.

Raise heat to high, then start adding red wine to the skillet, about 1/4 cup at a time, letting it reduce to a glaze before adding another 1/4 cup, continuing the process until you've used all the wine, about five minutes. At this point, an inch-thick filet should be just right, warm hot pink all the way through.

Remove the steaks to a warm serving plate, deglaze the skillet with a little water or more red wine; pour the juices over the steaks and serve.

This months' Signature Series wines:
• Harmony Cellars 2008 Diamond Reserve "ARIA" Paso Robles Red Wine
• Bargetto Winery 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains "Retro Label" Merlot
• Harmony Cellars 2008 Diamond Reserve Petite Sirah
• Juslyn Vineyards 2008 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

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