It is easy to use whole, fresh ingredients to make simple gourmet meals that don’t require hours in the kitchen to prep and then clean when the meal is over. And you can cook these meals at home for about one-third of what they would cost to eat out. Here is a yummy and easy dinner.
Stove Top Beef Tenderloin with Carmelized Red Onion Glaze
Whole, fresh ingredients make simple gourmet meals.
- 2 – 4 beef tenderloin steaks, about 8 ounces each
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 T sugar
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 T red wine vinegar
- 2 T hot heat oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper
Prepare the Carmelized Red Onions – Heat 2 T olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced red onions, sugar, and salt and cook until onions are soft, about five minutes. Reduce heat, Add the red wine and stir until all of the red wine evaporates and the onion is tender – about five minutes. Stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Remove from skillet and set aside. Deglaze the skillet by pouring a cup of water in the hot skillet and stir to release caramelized bits stuck on the pan’s bottom. Pour out the water.
Cooking the Meat – Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Heat the cast iron on high heat and add 2 T high heat oil until the skillet is very hot and the oil is smoking. Using tongs, add the steaks to the skillet. Cook until the side on the skillet is a deep brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side until done to your preference. – 120 degrees for rare, 130 degrees for medium-rare, 140 – 145 degrees for medium. Move to a warm plate, cover with foil and a dish towel, and rest for five minutes.
Add the red onion garnish and serve.
I love my Cast Iron Skillet – so inexpensive and will last you forever. If you are purchasing a new one, season it first by cooking some yummy bacon. You can find Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet With Assist Handle, 10.25″, Black on Amazon.com.