Monday, February 4, 2013

~~~Madeira and Peppercorn Sauces~~~

 Hi Everyone! On Sat. night Joe and I treated ourselves to a delicious dinner of filets, asparagus and baked sweet potatoes. We love to add a sauce to our filets ever since having them in restaurants. Joe LOVES the peppercorn sauce. Since it is COLD out and our grill is not outside yet, we did them in the cast iron skillet. Get it SMOKIN HOT before you begin:)
 pictured here,
 and I love the madeira sauce. Oh honey, it makes the filet SOOOOO good!!!!
 Of course you have to have a nice glass of wine to go with this dinner:)

 Here is my plate,
 ready to EAT!!!!!
It was delicious!!!! here are the recipes for the sauces:
Madeira Sauce
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup each of finely diced carrots, onions and celery
1/4 cup finely diced boiled ham
3 cups brown beef stock, or cans We use Campbells beef broth, it has a nice rich flavor.
1 TBSP. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
2 TBSP. powered arrow root
1/4 cup dry Sercial Madeira or dry sherry
S and P to taste
Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the diced vegetables and ham and cover the pan. Cook slowly for about 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and slightly browned. Add the stock, tomato paste, thyme, and bay leaf;simmer for 30 mins. then remove from the heat.Stir the arrowroot in a small bowl adding enough of the wine to to make a smooth paste. Stir in the rest of the wine, then stir the mixture into the hot liquid. Bring to the simmer for about 2 minutes, until sauce has thickened and cleared.

Joe's Sauce au Poivre
2 TBSP.olive oil
1/3 cup onions
1/4 cup shallots
2 pinches cracked peppercorns
2 tsp. green peppercorns (soaked in cognac)
103/4 ou. beef stock
2 Tbsp. cognac
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. butter
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. When the oil begins to smoke, add the onions. Saute the onions til they are tender, then add the shallots. Add the cracked peppercorns and continue to saute til the onions and shallots are caramelized.Deglaze the pan with the cognac and then add the cream to thicken. Finally, add the butter to enrich and thicken. If necessary add Kitchen Bouquet to corrct the color and thincken with cornstarch and cignac mixture.

Either of these recipes can be doubled or tripled for company.
I hope you try one or both of these. They really enhance a filet!!!.
I will be linking to these parties:
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for WOW Wednesday
Ivy @ Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Kristen @ We Are That Family for Works For Me Wednesday
Lindsay @ Southern Lovely for Show and Share
Roeschel @ DIY Showoff for DIY Fall Festival
Judy @ DIY by Design for Fall Into Fall
Yvonne @ Stonegable for Tutorials - Tips and Tidbits Thursday
Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Lindsay @ Southern Lovely for Show and Share Thursday
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here for Open House Party on Thursdays
Katherine @ Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
Niki @ The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday
Kathy @ A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
Richella @ Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Pamela @ From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday


Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up~

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

2805 for Potpourri Friday~

XO, Pinky


  1. Pinky,
    Hi! My husband would love this sauce. It looks wonderful. You've made me hungry... I have to try this soon.

  2. Happy Monday! Well.. you got me with the steak, asparagus, and red wine! Such a great combination. Your recipe looks delicious:)


  3. Pinky,
    This looks so~o~o delicious!!!
    Only one thing missing...MY plate, dear friend! Ha!

  4. Oh my. This looks fantastic! Steak with an amazing sauce and asparagus and sweet potatoes. We'd love to have that here!
    We did filets a couple times restaurant style - searing in a smoking hot skillet and finishing in the oven in the skillet. Wonderful...except for the smoke alarms going off. LOL.
    Anyways, thank you for your visit, and I think the self cleaning oven feature went off without a hitch, we were just freaked out by the concept! Yes, I am 51 and still freaked out by it....
    Off to peruse more of your blog.

  5. Ummmm....yum! It looks absolutely DELICIOUS!

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


  6. That looks delicious, and I'm jealous! YUM!

  7. Great dinner Pinky...looks absolutely delicious...thanks for sharing your recipes..the sauce looks so amazing!

  8. Dinner looks delicious Pinky! We don't normally use a sauce when we have a filet, I'll have to try theses :)


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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