Big Daddy Blue Cheese Filet


1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup minced white onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth

1/2 cup Big Daddy Port wine

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 filet mignon steaks (1 1/2 inch thick)

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup bread crumbs  (panko or Italian whatever you like)



1.              Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and thyme. Cook, stirring constantly, until onion is tender. Stir in the beef broth, scraping any onion bits from the bottom of the pan, then stir in the Big Daddy Port wine. Bring to a boil, and cook until the mixture has reduced to about 1/2 cup. Set aside. This may also be made ahead of time, and reheated.

2.              Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a cast-iron or other oven-safe skillet over high heat. Sear steaks quickly on both sides until brown, then place the whole pan into the oven.

3.              Roast steaks in the oven for about 15 minutes for medium rare - with an internal temperature of 145 degrees. You may adjust this time to allow the steaks to finish just below your desired doneness. Remove from the oven, and place on a baking sheet. Stir together the crumbs and blue cheese. Top each steak with a layer of this mixture.

4.              Preheat the oven's broiler. Place steaks under the preheated broiler until the cheese topping is browned and bubbly. 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with warm Big Daddy Port wine sauce.


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