Filet with Blue Cheese Crust and Red Wine Sauce

November 2003 Bon Appétit.

4 Tbsp chilled butter, divided
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large shallots, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1½ cups low-salt beef broth
1 cup dry red wine
½ cup coarsely crumbled Maytag blue cheese
¼ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
8 DLM Natural Beef Filet Mignon Steaks (6–8 oz each) 1" thick

Melt 1 Tbsp butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, shallots, and thyme. Sauté until shallots are tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth and wine. Boil until sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 12 minutes. Set sauce aside.

Blend cheese, panko, and parsley in a small bowl to coat cheese evenly with panko (Sauce and cheese mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and chill). Preheat broiler. Melt 2 Tbsp butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Add steaks to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to rimmed baking sheet; reserve skillet. Press cheese mixture onto top of steaks, dividing equally. Broil until cheese browns, about 2 minutes. Transfer steaks to plates.

Pour sauce into reserved skillet. Bring to boil, scrapping up browned bits. Boil 2 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1 Tbsp of butter. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce around steaks and serve.

Makes 8 servings

Per serving: 531 calories; 38g total fat; 21g saturated fat; 136mg cholesterol; 321mg sodium; 5g total carbohydrates; 40g protein;

Allergy Warning: Contains milk and wheat and soy