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Filet mignon with creamed spinach and watercress

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016

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Push up your sleeves and get some good food on the table! Graham Elliot wants everyone to cook 5 star quality meals. The celebrity chef brings us a delicious steak dish to feed the whole family.

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 – 50 minutes
Serves 4 people

Ingredients

Creamed spinach and watercress:

  • 6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ¼ cupall-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cupheavy cream
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about ½ cup)
  • 1 poundfresh spinach, stemmed
  • 3 bunches watercress, thick stems removed
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • freshly cracked black pepper

Filet mignon:

  • 4 filets mignon (about 7 ounces each)
  • coarse salt
  • crushed peppercorns
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

Directions

  1. For the spinach and watercress, in a deep skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When hot, cook the shallot for about 1 minute to soften. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 6 minutes, or until the flour and butter are fully mixed and take on the colour of straw.
  2. Add the milk and cream, season lightly with salt, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, until thick and creamy. Whisk in the cheese and cook until the cheese has completely melted. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  3. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Put a bowl of cold water and ice cubes near the stove. Add the spinach and watercress to the boiling water and blanch them for about 2 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Lift the greens from the boiling water and immediately plunge them into the ice bath.
  5. Lift the greens from the ice bath and, using your hands or a dish towel, squeeze all the water from the greens. They should be as dry as possible.
  6. Finely chop the spinach and watercress and then fold into the cream sauce.
  7. Set the pot over medium heat and stir until the greens are fully incorporated and the sauce is heated through. Season with salt and pepper and serve, or cover to keep warm while the steaks cooks.
  8. For the filet mignon, preheat the over to 400F. Liberally season the steaks with salt and crushed pepper.
  9. In a heavy, oven-safe skillet, heat the oil over high heat. When hot, sear the steaks in the hot pan for 3 minutes. Let a crust form on the steak by leaving it alone. Do not move it during this time. Flip the steaks and let them cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Again, do not move them in the pan but let them cook untouched so they develop a crust. Hey, don’t even look at the steaks during this time.
  10. Transfer the skillet to the oven and let the steaks cook for about 5 minutes. Return the skillet to the stovetop over medium-low heat. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary and when the butter melts, baste the steaks with the sauce and cook for about 2 minutes longer for medium-rare.
  11. Cover the skillet with a lid or tightly with aluminum foil and let the steaks rest in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve with the creamed spinach and watercress on the side.

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