Thursday, January 15, 2009

CEiMB: Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary and Chocolate

Well, if you follow my blog regularly you know that I have been absent from Craving Ellie in My Belly. But I'm back! I have to confess that my husband actually made this week's recipe but he gave me the approval to claim it for myself. I have such an amazing husband. Work has been physically stressful this week and he knew how much it meant to me to participate in this week's recipe so he offered to make it. I sat at the counter and kept him company.

Ellie mentions in her notes that this really works for any cut of beef. Since it is just the 2 of us, I decided to just pick up 2 steaks. The sauce takes quite a while to reduce down but it was worth the wait. I was very hesitant. If fact the picture above is my husband's plate, my sauce was in a dish on the side in case I didn't like it! I was pleasantly surprised.

The aroma of the sauce with the spices was quite overwhelming and I thought for sure I wouldn't like it but Ellie proved me wrong and I will definitely make this again in the future.

Other than substituting the cut of meat, the only other change we made was using a cooking sherry instead of red wine. I was not interested in making an extra stop to the liquor store this week. I'm not a wine drinker so I can't tell you if it made a huge difference but if it did than I like it better my way!

Thank you to Amanda of Beckett Bakes It for this week's selection. You can find the recipe on her blog. Don't forget to visit CEiMB too!


MacDuff said...

Looks so good! I have been AWOL for a while too...I won't hold it against you. And yeah - the sauce was surprising, huh?

Jen said...

I'm glad you ended up liking the sauce. Yes, it took forever to make, but I thought it was totally worth it.
Welcome back to CEIMB!

What's for Supper? said...

We liked it too. Our delicious sauce (I was skeptical also) took awhile to reduce as well. YUM.

Joanne said...

I was thinking of sub. sherry for the red wine as well but I had already poured the red that I had in and didn't know if mixing the two would prove a bit nasty.
Nice pic.

Anonymous said...

I am not a big wine drinker either so I just go with what they recommend me to get at the store and I had some leftover and it made good sauce!