Beef Tenderloin with Cherry/Pepper Sauce

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Serves 4

  • 4  6-oz. beef tenderloin steaks
  • 1 ½ tsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cherries, strip sliced
  • 14 oz. can low salt beef broth
  • 14 oz. can low salt chicken broth
  • 2 c. Madeira
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. butter, divided

In a large saucepan, sauté shallots in 1 Tbsp. butter 2 minutes, until soft.  Add Madeira; boil 15 minutes or until reduced to ½ c. Add broths, cherries, and peppercorns.  Simmer 30 minutes or until reduced to 1 ¼ c.  Mix 1 ½ tsp. melted butter and flour in small bowl. Gradually whisk into sauce; simmer until slightly thickened.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Heat 1 Tbsp. butter in heavy skillet over high heat.  Add steaks and cook as desired, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.  Transfer to plates, spoon sauce over, and serve.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon