Menu Plan for Winter II: Week 10, Day 2


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Filet Mignon with Creamy Brown Sauce
Potatoes Savoyard
Sautéed Sunchokes

Cooking time: 75 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        This is an easy dinner with a long break after the potatoes are in.

Filet Mignon or Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
    This is based on a main course from years ago, at one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis.  They didn't give me the recipe.... The steaks are sliced thinly, for tenderloin, and cooked quickly to stay medium-rare.  Serve on a bed of mashed potatoes.

Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce Ingredients:


Potatoes Savoyard

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Another recipe that I have been making so long the origin is lost.  I prefer it to the traditional gratin potatoes.  With out the milk and heavy cream it's much lighter in calories, but the Gruyère keeps it cheesy and the onions add another layer of flavor.    This makes enough for two meals... or 4 people.

Potatoes Savoyard Ingredients:


Note:  You could also bake longer in a slower oven - 90 minutes at 350F (180C)

Sautéed Sunchokes  

Total time: 30 minutes
   These are a fairly new vegetable for us.  They are just starting to come back to the markets now.  I love the flavor, they are easy to fix and keep well in the fridge - perfect winter vegetable. 

Sautéed Sunchokes Ingredients:


Cooking Schedule: 75 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, small skillet, baking dish, medium
saucepan with steamer basket and lid

Turn oven on 425F (215C)
Slice onions, garlic
Sauté onions, garlic
Slice cheese
Slice potatoes
Assemble Savoyard, cover, bake
      30 minute break
Back? Turn oven down
Slice/chop shallots
Mince all garlic
Sauté shallots, garlic, thyme for steak
Add red wine to skillet, reduce

Peel sunchokes, steam
Add beef stock to red wine, reduce
Uncover potatoes
     small pause while stuff cooks
Dissolve cornstarch in milk, finish sauce for steak
Put sauce in bowl, wipe out skillet
Melt butter in small skillet for sunchokes
Add garlic, sage, sauté
Slice sunchokes, add to skillet, sauté
Heat oil in large skillet for steaks
Fry steaks
Turn steaks
Add sauce, cover, heat
Remove potatoes, cut
Finish sunchokes
Put steaks on platter or plates, spoon sauce over

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