Serves: Makes 6 servings
- 6 beef tenderloin steaks cut to 1¼" thickness
- 2 tablespoons dried porcini mushrooms
- ½ tablespoon peppercorns
- ½ tablespoon butter
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- Salt to taste
Chocolate Port Sauce:
Procedures:Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Using a coffee grinder dedicated to spices (or mortar and pestle) grind porcini mushrooms and peppercorns to a fine powder.
Pat the beef tenderloin dry with a paper towel. Season both sides of the beef with salt. Sprinkle each side of the tenderloin with the porcini dust.
Add oil and butter to a large oven-proof skillet and place over high heat. Allow the skillet and oil to get hot but not smoking, about 1 minute
Place the beef tenderloin into the skillet and allow it to cook for approximately 3 minutes on one side or until a deep dark caramelized crust is achieved. Flip and place the skillet into the preheated oven for approximately 4–6 minutes to cook meat to medium rare.
Remove the skillet from the oven and place the beef tenderloin on a plate and allow to rest in warm area. Reserve the skillet for sauce.
For the Chocolate Port Sauce:
Deglaze sauté pan used to sear tenderloin with port, making sure to scrape up all brown bits. Reduce by half. Add beef stock and reduce by half. Turn heat to low and add chocolate, whisking constantly until chocolate is melted. Remove from flame.
Whisk in butter until melted and well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.