Friday, 1 July 2011

Fillet Steak in Marsala Sauce with Rosemary & Garlic Potatoes

I love Friday evenings because:
a) I get to have a glass or 2 of wine after 4 non-drinking & strict dieting days
b) Hubby & I enjoy a nice meal together
c) It's the start of my weekend indulgences. Yeah baby!

Tonight's supper is a great example of how you can have your cake and eat it!  You just have to watch your portion sizes and cook smartly.  If you are following a WeightWatchers plan you can have a really nice 3 courses for just 17 ProPoints!

We started by sharing a pack of M&S steamed prawn dim sum.  There are 6 pieces which works out 2 points per person.   They just need a minute in the microwave and a dip into some soy sauce and they are truly delicious!

For our main I trundled off to my local butcher earlier today to purchase 2 fillet steaks.  Trying to stick to my PP budget I need to ensure each steak weighs no more than 165g which may seem a bit mean but if you want to stick to a diet you really don't need an 8oz-er. 

The last point of note is the Marsala required for the sauce.  I've made this sauce a few times now and find that by using just a tiny amount of Marsala wine you get such a rich, velvety sauce with depth of flavour.  Plus it lasts for ages in your cupboard.  It is worth the investment.  If you are like me and do a weekly supermarket shop (admittedly mine is done online) stick one in your basket next week.

You'll need for 2:
  • 2 fillet steaks 165g each
  • Steakhouse pepper seasoning or chilli flakes
  • Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp half fat creme fraiche
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • Half punnet mushrooms (I tried these new Forestiere variety this eve and they were v good!)
  • 1 large baking potato or 2 small ones, peeled and cut into chunks. 325g once prepped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • Green veg of your choice.  We had tenderstem brocolli and green beans
What to do:
Prepare the potatoes in advance.  These can be left in a saucepan in cold salted water while you get on with other things.  pre-heat the oven at 200 (fan).  When ready bring to the boil for max 5 minutes.  Drain and allow to steam dry for a few minutes while you heat a roasting tray in the oven.  Place the potatoes back in the pan and drizzle over 1 tsp olive oil, salt & pepper, dried rosemary and bashed garlic clove.  Toss lightly and pour into hot roasting tin.  Place into the oven, turning occasionally for about 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.

Meanwhile prepare the steak by spraying lighltly with olive oil.  Sprinkle some steakhouse pepper seasoning and some salt.  Place in a pre-heated frying pan and allow to seal nicely for a couple of minutes.  Turn and brown on the other side.  I wish I could tell you exactly how long to cook the steak for to get it medium /medium rare but I'm not a trained chef, just an adept home cook so I use my gut instinct!  You can look and see how far up the steak has browned and prod it to see how tender it is, but I honestly tend to guess and err on the side of caution if need be.  If undercooked you can always stick it back in the pan but an overcooked steak is only destined for the bin!

Remove the steaks to rest somewhere warm (I place mine in the top oven.) In the same pan add the mushrooms and stir fry for a minute on a high heat.  Add the Marsala and reduce.  Then add plenty of black pepper and the beef stock. Allow to bubble away for a couple of minutes until reduced somewhat then stir in the creme fraiche.

Oh I almost forgot the last 3rd of the meal! Add some steamed or boiled veggies of your choice!  We had some lovely tendersteam broccoli & green beans!

Just to show you that you can have your fill for a Friday night I finished off with a WeightWatchers mini magnum for 3 points, but you could also have a Solero or 3 squares of dark chocolate or a GU Millionare Flapjack for 3 points. All of which satisfy any need for something naughty but nice come Friday eve.

Steak in Marsala Sauce: 8 ProPoints
Rosemary & Garlic Roast Potatoes: 4 ProPoints

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