What’s For Dinner?
Filet Mignon With Horseradish-Cream Sauce
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5:30 Challenge / 5 ingredients / 30 minutes
Even if you don’t have restaurant reservations for Valentine’s Day, there’s no reason not to celebrate “5:30 Challenge”-style with an elegant dinner for two. Put the kids to bed early, bring out the fine china and crack open a bottle of red wine.
This simple horseradish cream sauce adds a festive note to the most decadent piece of meat, filet mignon. Whipping the cream before adding flavoring gives it luxurious body.
Hands on time: Total time: 30 minutes Serves: 2
8 to 12 ounces filet mignon
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 to 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
With an electric mixer, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in sour cream, 1 tablespoon horseradish and lemon juice until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding additional horseradish as desired.
Serve meat sliced with sauce on the side.
There are several ways to judge doneness. The visual -- cut into the steak with a sharp knife to take a peek. The touch-test -- medium-rare meat should feel almost firm to the touch, but with a bit of spring (like the flesh on the base of your thumb). With very thick steaks, be more scientific -- use an instant-read meat thermometer, which should register about 145 degrees for medium rare.
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