Steak de Burgo was created in Des Moines, Iowa around 1939.
Just another name for steak and potatoes, this rich dish is traditionally made with a good cut of beef tenderloin, covered in a creamy mushroom sauce.
Because it is so easy and quick to make, I thought it would be a perfect recipe for just two people, but ingredient portions could be increased to serve more.
As an accompaniment, my mashed potatoes were made using russets. Yukon Gold would produce a more creamy, buttery textured dish; however Russets was what I had on hand.
Regardless if you use Russets or Yukon Gold, the additional ingredients are the same. Scallions, sour cream, butter, and Dijon mustard are staples in most family refrigerators, for this easy weeknight meal.
Before preparing your ingredients and steak, I suggest you go ahead and cut your potatoes into 1-inch chunks, throw them in a pot, cover with water and start to cook.
Once potatoes come to a boil, simmer until you are ready to use them. I cooked two large Russet potatoes for two people.
If using Yukon Gold or red-skinned potatoes, you will need about 12-16 ounces, cubed.
I purchased the largest filet Mignon steak I could find at my local butcher. It weighed just under one pound.
About 20-30 minutes before cooking, I removed the steak from the refrigerator.
It is important to let beef acclimate to room temperature for quick cooking methods.
Link to another article I wrote about this acclimating method
Because you want the meat to cook quickly, I sliced the 2 1/2-inch thick steak, crosswise, to produce two individual steaks. About half a pound each.
After slicing, I sprinkled salt and pepper on both sides of each steak and allowed them to acclimate.
Meanwhile, prepare your other ingredients…
FOR THE MEAT…
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup dry vermouth
chopped fresh parsley for garnish
FOR THE POTATOES…
1/2 cup sliced scallions
3 Tablespoons of sour cream
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
If you want to speed things up a little bit, you can use already sliced mushrooms, but for the best freshness and flavor, I suggest using whole mushrooms and slicing them yourself.
Vermouth is typically made with wine, herbs, spices, flowers and seeds. There are two styles of vermouth, dry and sweet.
Sweet Vermouth is just slightly sweet and a reddish brown color, usually includes caramel.
Dry vermouth is popular in martinis and is frequently referred to as French Vermouth.
***Research for this article revealed that dry vermouth should be refrigerated and used within 3 months of opening, due to evaporation of flavor
***HOWEVER, my dry vermouth used in this recipe has been open for six months and was very flavorful in this recipe. It has never been refrigerated.
Using a 10″ skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat until butter melts.
Add filets. Saute until internal temperature reads 130º. This should only take no more than 3-minutes per side.
Make sure you under-cook the meat at this point.
DO NOT COOK IT TO SERVING TEMPERATURE.
Transfer meat to a plate and tent with foil.
Add mushrooms to skillet; saute until browned, 3-4 minutes.
Add garlic, basil and oregano; stir together and cook until garlic is fragrant, 40-60 seconds.
Combine the cream and vermouth in a cup.
Stir into skillet with mushrooms.
Turn down the heat to medium, and reduce mixture by half.
Add meat and accumulated juices to the pan.
Cook until meat reaches desired doneness.
Serve steaks with the sauce.
FOR THE POTATOES:
After cooking potatoes till done – a fork enters the potatoes easily; drain in colander.
Return drained potatoes to hot pot; cover and cook for 1-2 minutes, removing any remaining moisture.
Remove from heat.
Stir in scallions, sour cream, butter and mustard.
Smash potatoes using a potato masher to reach desired consistency.
Season with salt and pepper.
This really is a simple, filling meal and can be paired with a light red wine or rose for a perfect weeknight meal for two.
Let me know if you decide to try this meal and send pictures of how it turned out.
*Adaptation of recipe found in Cuisine For Two Magazine