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Espresso & Cajun Rubbed Filet, White Chocolate Risotto, and Malbec Cherry Pan Sauce

Espresso & Cajun Rubbed Filet, White Chocolate Risotto, and Malbec Cherry Pan Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 6-8 oz Petite Filet (or Hanger Steak)
  2. 4oz Espresso Beans (whole or Ground)
  3. 3oz Cajun Seasoning
  4. 1-2 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flake
  5. 1 ½ Cups Arborio Rice
  6. ¼ Cup Tollhouse White Chocolate Chips
  7. 1 Quarts Heavy Cream
  8. ½ Cup Casillero del Diablo Merlot
  9. ¼ Cup Sweet Cherries (fresh)
  10. 2 Tbs Grape Seed Oil
  11. 1 Cup Water
Risotto Method
  1. In a medium pot bring to boil 1/2 quart Heavy Cream and 2 cups Water and add Risotto let boil and stir frequently for approx 20 minutes or until approx 85% cooked through. Set aside until Filet is finished cooking and resting.
Filet (or Hanger) & Pan Sauce Method
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a spice grinder add Espresso Beans, Chili Flake & Cajun seasoning and grind ingredients together until very fine and well incorporated together. Apply rub to Steak rubbing into the meat. Put a medium pan on high heat and once pan is hot add Oil. Once your oil is hot add Filet to pan and give it a hard sear on all sides for approximately 1 ½ minutes (make sure your Filet sizzles when adding it to pan to achieve maximum sear). Once Filet is seared on all sides deglaze the pan with 3 oz of Malbec & put it in the oven. Once Steak is at desired temperature pull out of oven and let it rest on a resting rack or plate (please see notes at bottom for *Temperature Guidelines). Return the pan used for searing steak to stovetop and deglaze the pan with the rest of your Malbec Wine. Half your Cherries and remove the pits and add to pan sauce and let it reduce to 1/3 and set aside.
  2. Put your desired amount of Risotto back on med high heat and add approximately ¼ Cup of Heavy Cream and let reduce (approx 5 min) consistently stirring so it doesn’t stick to pan. Once Risotto is at desired texture add your White Chocolate 1/3 rd at a time until you have reached your desired taste. Once Steak has rested fully (approx 5-6 minutes) cut it on a bias against the grain 1-2” thick. Bring you Pan Sauce up to temperature. Spoon Risotto onto middle of plate and fan out your steak across bottom of Risotto and spoon Pan Sauce along bottom of Steak.
*notes- all temperatures will vary depending on thickness of steak. The average temp times are as follows
  1. Rare- 5-6 min || Med Rare- 8-10 min || Med 10-12 min || Med Well 13-15 min
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