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Monday, January 15, 2007

Steak Tips with Mushroom Sauce

Please forgive my lack of posting of late. It's been a strange beginning of the new year for me regarding my kitchen activities. Other than my submissions for a couple foodie events, I just have not cooked anything new that I haven't already blogged about until this past weekend! I really don't know what my problem is (hopefully was).

Thankfully this past Sunday morning, I woke with a huge desire to spend most of my day in the kitchen. It was cold and rainy outside and the only things that I wanted to do was cook and wash clothes. I know.. the clothes thing.. I'm weird.. but I love how my house smells in the winter while doing laundry, call me kooky. =)

And so I took out a very nice sirloin and made up my mind that I was going to do something different with it. I spent a good portion of my morning going through some of my cookbooks and then online - and as I'm finding more often than not, I found the recipe I wanted to make on allrecipes.com. Steak Tips with Mushroom Sauce - yum! I haven't had that in YEARS. This recipe was quite good and we've decided that I'll need to make this again. The mushroom sauce is dark, rich and hearty. The flavor is outstanding - beefy, mushroom-y & onion-y. It was a snap to pull together with hardly any prep and I had dinner on the table in less than an hour. I chose to serve these over buttered noodles, but rice or smashed potatoes would work nicely. A nice sized hunk of crusty bread is also recommended to sop up the last of the delicious sauce.

Steak Tips in Mushroom Sauce over Noodles
Steak Tips with Mushroom Sauce
Courtesy of AllRecipes.com and Amy

The recipe below includes the changes I made. To see the original recipe, click Amy's name.

l pound sirloin steak, cut into bite sized pieces
1 (10.5 ounce) can beef consomme
16 oz. of a good beef stock
1 small carton white button mushrooms, sliced
2-3 TBS. butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preheat a medium skillet to medium-high heat and melt 1 TBS. butter. Add sirloin pieces and cook until desired doneness. Remove steak and keep warm under foil. In same skillet, melt another TBS. of butter and sautee the shallot until transparent, then add mushrooms, and cook, uncovered, until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside. Deglaze the pan with the can of beef consomme and half the beef stock. Increase heat, and bring to a boil. Allow the mixture to boil until it has reduced by 1/3.

When the sauce is reduced, stir in the remaining beef broth, and garlic. Return to a boil, and continue to cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Sauce will be thin like au jus. Whisk in flour, and cook until the sauce is the desired thickness. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Stir in the mushrooms and steak. Serve over buttered noodles, rice or smashed potatoes.

Steak Tips with Mushroom Sauce over Noodles

My Notes: I only used about a pound of sirloin steak for the 2 of us and substituted more beef broth and a can of consomme for the wine in the original recipe due to the fact that I was too lazy to run up to the store to buy a bottle. :P I also subbed button mushrooms for the portobello because they are what I had on hand - but next time I'll most definitely use portobello, as I'm sure they add so much more flavor.

A HUGE, GIANT THANK YOU!! To my dear, sweet friend Meeta who went above and beyond to teach me how to take a focused picture with my new camera. lol Seriously, I was ready to take the damn thing back and buy a disposable camera until she taught me the correct way to use it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Now I heart my new lil camera. :) Ohh and someone asked.. it's a Canon PowerShot S2 SI, very different from my lil Olympus C150 that only had 2 bottons. heee!

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Comments on "Steak Tips with Mushroom Sauce"

 

Anonymous veron said ... (1/15/2007 8:00 AM) : 

oh..wow, those beef tips look utterly tasty. I'm sure to devour it in less than 5 minutes if it was right in front of me. I was in a bit of a rut too, but I finally got myself in the kitchen and spent whole day Saturday baking/cooking up stuff....

 

Blogger Brilynn said ... (1/15/2007 9:32 AM) : 

If you're going to learn photography from anyone, Meeta's the right person! Nice focus!

And noodles were definitely the way to go with this, I wish I could eat noodles with everything.

 

Blogger Laura Rebecca said ... (1/15/2007 9:58 AM) : 

It's really cold here today -- this looks like the perfect dish to warm everyone up!

 

Anonymous Tanna said ... (1/15/2007 10:20 AM) : 

Both but especiall the first photo are totally fab! You write it well and the photo takes it in...beautiful!!
Great recipe for the cold...even cold in Dallas today!

 

Anonymous Jerry said ... (1/15/2007 8:40 PM) : 

I think you've just made me my wife's hero! She love beef tips and I'm going to give this a run for its money sometime this week.

 

Anonymous Ivonne said ... (1/15/2007 11:08 PM) : 

Lis,

That look sooooooooo good! And congratulations on the new camera!

 

Blogger Gattina said ... (1/16/2007 6:59 AM) : 

Lis, you got Canon PowderShot!!! I've seen this model pretty popular, must be a good one!
Portobello always doesn't look as good as the local mushrooms at stores here, but you make a good point about its better flavor, I'll check it out at another (better) store when I make your dish.

 

Anonymous Ellie said ... (1/16/2007 7:33 AM) : 

Delicious!!! If only it wasn't so hot, I know what I'd be having for dinner tomorrow night! Beef + onion + mushroom is a holy trinity for me!

 

Anonymous peabody said ... (1/16/2007 6:38 PM) : 

Oh, I'm glad you found someone to help you. I think your camera is just a little too different than my Nikon.
Everything looks yummy.

 

Anonymous Kristen said ... (1/16/2007 10:08 PM) : 

That looks sooooo good! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Your photo looks fantastic!

 

Blogger Jasmine said ... (1/16/2007 10:27 PM) : 

This looks amazing!

I know what you mean about learning to use the camera...I just figured out three weeks ago that I could do sepia tones and B&W :)

j

 

Blogger Helene said ... (1/16/2007 10:34 PM) : 

This looks incredibly comforting...I need some right now but it is a little warm for it now. I just read your post about your dad's calamari sauce! Yipee!!

 

Blogger Lis said ... (1/17/2007 6:30 AM) : 

Veronica - I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only in a rut - but much happier to hear that you are out of yours as well! :D

Brilynn - I'm the same.. I heart noodles.

LR - It is.. one of those rib stickin' meals

Tanna - Aww thank you =) I'm ashamed to say that somehow your blog got lost in the shuffle, but I newly refound it and have been enjoying seeing what you've been up to since last I visited! I'm slowly working my way through the archives and really loving what I'm reading/seeing!

Jerry - Hi! Hey, got your other comment as well - I'm so glad the stew gave you an idea for your own - that's what I like to hear =) I look forward to hearing how your wife liked the beef tips!

Ivonne - Thank you sweetie. :D

Gattina - Yeah hehehe after ya figure out how to use the thing, it's quite a nice lil camera :D

Ellie muh luv - I actually thought of you when I found this recipe.. it reminded me of the steak and cucumber salad you made, although without the cukes. lol Ohhh and my turn to be jealous of your lovely weather!

Peabody - Thanks! Yeah, I think Meeta had a better grasp on the Canon.. but don't think I didn't appreciate your tips as well! :D

Kristen - Thank you and my pleasure!

Jasmine - ha! Well good.. maybe we can clue each other in in the future regarding new finds on our cameras. hehee

Helene - Oh how I have missed you! Yes I was tickled TO DEATH to finally get my Dad's sauce right. E-mail will be coming shortly! :D

 

Anonymous Jerry said ... (1/22/2007 6:53 AM) : 

Lis,

Made these last night, they were a phenomenal hit with the Mrs.

Thanks again for posting this!

 

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