May 7, 2007

Beef Tournedos With Juniper Berries

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I was looking for a recipe for the filet mignon I got last week. I usually wrap them in bacon and season them with garlic, salt, worcestershire sauce, extra virgin olive oil and ground pepper. I wanted to try a new sauce, but didn't like mushroom or cream sauce either or anything complicated. I saw one online with juniper berries, gin, and balsamic vinegar. The ingredients are few and method of cooking is easy. Gin doesn't sound appealing so I used brandy. I liked this uncomplicated but very tasty sauce.

Beef Tournedos With Juniper Berries
1½ pounds small filet mignon, sliced into 1-inch thick pieces
2 tablespoons juniper berries, crushed
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup beef broth
salt & ground pepper, to taste
oil for frying
  • Secure beef with toothpicks to keep its round shape. (Optional, wrap each in half of a bacon rasher, then secure with toothpicks). In a small container, combine berries, brandy, vinegar and broth, set aside. In a heavy skillet, heat oil until nearly smoking. Season the sliced beef with salt and pepper, fry in hot oil, 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a serving dish, set aside. (Don't forget to remove toothpicks before serving). Lower the heat to medium, add the broth mixture and let come to a boil, scraping the browned bits that are stuck at the bottom of the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour on top of the steaks. Best with croutons fried in olive oil or with thick fries, but since we're Filipinos I served them with steamed rice. I steamed some frozen quartered artichoke hearts to go with this simple dish.


Anonymous said...

Hi there.. why are we so far away from you guys??? Your blog is driving me crazy.. no, hungry.. better stop staring at those pics. Big favor pleaze - am not a good cook but can you post an easy to make paella (but delicious ok?) Happy Mother's Day soon!!!! They should cook for you this time, big time!!!

Oggi said...

Hi Carmen, sure, I'll write down the recipe and will post it on Wednesday. Gitta also asked me to consolidate all my (unwritten) recipes and write them down, sort of like a mini-cookbook of 'Gonzalez family recipes' that she can use in the future. I think it's a good idea.;)

Stef said...

I'm so glad you posted this! Been looking for something else to do with my juniper berries. I've had them forever! I just took a whiff the other day and I think they're still fine, but I better use them up soon.

Oggi said...

Hi stef, when I bought them I was just curious. I really like their somewhat bittersweet aroma and flavor and I'm looking for more recipes to use them, sausages might be good.:)

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