Monday, February 13, 2012

French Onion Beef Tenderloin

Beef tenderloin that is topped with French Onion Soup? You have my attention! The steaks get smothered with sweet caramelized onions and topped by a crispy, Swiss cheese-covered crostini. Since our vacation exhausted our budget, I needed to be creative for our Valentine's Day dinner. Now, it's a little pricey but it is way cheaper than going to a bistro and probably healthier too! Only 395 calories per serving!!!

And Pick N Save is helping me out with my in-house-plan. They have beef tenderloin on sale and I am pairing it with coupons and coming up with the tastiest money saving around! It is normally $8.99/lb. and I got it for $6.99/lb. to make  my featured recipe today:

French Onion Beef Tenderloin
1 lb beef tenderloin (filet mignon) or sirloin steak, 1-1 1/2 inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 steaks
1/2 tsp minced dried onion
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 Tbs canola oil, divided
2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup dry sherry (see Note)
1 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
4 slices whole-grain baguette (1/2 inch thick), toasted
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1. Sprinkle steaks with dried onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, turning once, until desired doneness, 3 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a plate and tent with foil.

2. Position a rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler.

3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add onions and sherry, cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and golden brown and the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the onions and stir to coat. Add broth, thyme and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook until bubbling and thickened, about 1 minute more.

4. Remove from the heat and return the steaks and any accumulated juice to the pan. Pile up some of the onions on top of the steaks. Top each steak with a slice of baguette and some cheese. Transfer the pan to the oven and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Serve the steaks with the onions and sauce.

Servings: 4

Cooking Times
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (10.5 ounces).
Percent daily values based on custom values.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 399.88
Calories From Fat (54%) 215.02
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23.89g 40%
Saturated Fat 8.25g 75%
Cholesterol 50.68mg 25%
Sodium 720.35mg 30%
Potassium 313.39mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 23.12g 11%
Fiber 1.69g 6%
Sugar 0.25g
Protein 17.25g 27%

Recipe Type: Beef, Healthy, Light Meal, Main Course, Valentine's Day

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Recipe Cost: $11.47 ($9.47 on sale)
Serving Cost: $2.87 ($2.37 on sale)

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Jolene said...

Sounds good and healthy.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Sounds divine, Susie!

Kristy said...

My husband would love this!

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