Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 4 pieces filet mignon
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. butter + 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallot
  • 1 tsp. tarragon
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 c. melted butter, still warm

Cut garlic in half and rub cut side over filets. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Cook filets to desired doneness, 3-4 minutes per side. Meanwhile for béarnaise, combine shallot, tarragon, and vinegar in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until liquid is almost evaporated. Transfer to blender; add egg, Dijon, and lemon juice. Whirl to mix well before adding melted butter, a few drops at a time to begin, then a thin steady stream. To serve, place filet on plate and spoon béarnaise sauce over.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

Makes about 20, depending on size of baguette

  • 3/4 c. walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 onions
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • chicken broth, as needed
  • 5 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 baguette, sliced 1⁄4” diagonally
  • olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. Put baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and bake 8-10 minutes until toasted. Halve onions vertically; cut into thin slices. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions; stir to mix in butter. Continue cooking, stirring frequently until onions are very soft and caramel-colored. Use small amounts of broth to keep from sticking to pan. To assemble: spoon onions atop toasted baguette slices, then some blue cheese, then some walnuts. Heat under a broiler just until cheese begins to melt.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. coffee crystals
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • 4 sirloin tip steaks (or your choice of cuts)

Pat steaks dry with paper towels and place in a glass container.  Mix marinade ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Pour over steaks, rubbing in.  Cover and marinate 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.  Grill or broil according to personal preference for doneness.

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon and Test Pilots

Serves 6-8

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg ½ cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • Salt and pepper

Combine meatball ingredients.  Shape into miniature meatballs and brown in a small amount of shortening.  Drain on paper towels. Boil sauce ingredients for 10 minutes. Pour over meatballs and simmer 3 hours. Serve hot. It’s easy to make up a multiple batch. Freeze meatballs and sauce in separate containers.  Take out only what you might need and simmer at that time.

The recipe is from A Cooking Affaire, Butcher Block Press, PO Box 6, Medicine Lodge, KS67104.

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Cabernets

Serves 6-8

  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 London broil, about 2 lbs.

Whisk together marinade ingredients. Pour over London broil and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.  Drain before grilling or broiling meat, about 7 minutes on first side and 5 minutes on second for medium rare.  Cooking times will vary based on meat thickness and heat source.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon