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Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Smoky Bacon-Bourbon Sauce


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  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups canned beef broth
  • 1 1/4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 8 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 1-inch-thick beef tenderloin steaks
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon



Step 1

Boil wine and garlic in heavy medium saucepan until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Add next 5 ingredients; boil until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Set sauce aside. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from skillet. Add flour to drippings in skillet; whisk to blend. Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in another heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to plates.

Mix bacon and bourbon into sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over steaks.


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