RECIPE

Petite Filet or Venison Loin with Pommery Mustard Cream Sauce

Top melt-in-your mouth filet with an uptown brandy sauce. Serve with Farro with Asparagus.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds petite filet of beef or venison loin
  • Canola or olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Pommery mustard
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

Preparation

Bring the meat to room temperature; rub with oil and season liberally with salt.

Heat a heavy skillet to medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of oil, then melt the butter into it. Add the meat and caramelize the surface for a minute or two, then lower the heat to medium and cook for 8-10 minutes, developing a good even deep reddish brown crust. Remove to a plate and tent with foil for 10 minutes.  

Add the shallots and garlic to the skillet and stir for 2 minutes; add the pepper and stir. Add the brandy to deglaze, then stir in the tomato paste. Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the stock. Bring the stock to a bubble, then whisk in the Worcestershire and mustard; remove from the heat. While the sauce is still hot, whisk in the cream and taste, for seasoning.  

Slice the meat into 1/2-inch-thick medallions and serve on or alongside Farro with Asparagus. Top with the sauce and garnish with lots of chives.

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