Filet Mignon with Brandy Peppercorn Cream Sauce
- Rub 2 4oz filets with coursely cracked pepper an hour before hand.
- Finely mince 1 clove shallot and add 1 tsp cracked peppercorns
- 1/2 c low sodium beef stock/broth
- Combine and reduce by half (about 10-15 minutes)
- Strain sauce if desired
- Mix in 2 tbs brandy
- 1 tbs peppercorns
- 1/4 c cream
- Reduce on medium heat to desired thickness (about 10-15 minutes)
Grilled Lobster Tails:
- Thaw 2 6-7oz Lobster Tails (weight in shell)
- Using kitchen scissors, cut off bottom of lobster, cut in half and skewer each half
- Mix in food processor:
- 1/8c butter
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 clove shallot
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- dash cayenne pepper
Smokey Mayo Crusted Aparagus
- 1/4 c mayonnaise
- 1/8 c olive oil
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1 tbs garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked sea salt
- 1 tbs paprika
Mix together ingredients, toss 1 bunch asparagus, and let sit for 30 minutes in fridge. Prior to putting on grill, put in freezer for 5 minutes. Grill until desired doneness.
Grilled Peaches and Poundcake:
This doesn't really even call for a recipie - cut 1 large peach into 6 wedges, cut 4 1+ inch thick slices of poundcake. Grill until slightly charred. Top with ice cream - we had both creme brulee ice cream (my favorite pairing) and caramel ice cream (Mr. Lush's favorite). Pair with a late harvest riesling - we had the Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling.
Now, I'm not gonna lie, this meal requires some prep. Here's the order in which we prepped things:
- Rub filets with peppercorns.
- Mix sauce for asaparagus, set aside.
- Mix sauce for lobster, set aside.
- Start the Brandy peppercorn sauce (to reducing by half). Mix remaining sauce ingredients, set aside.
- Cut peaches and poundcake, set aside.
- Prep lobster tails on skewers.
- Take a kissing break! Have a glass of wine, some apps, relax.
- Brush lobster tails with sauce, set aside.
- Toss asaparagus in sauce, set aside.
- Light grill.
- 10-15 minutes before your food is done, re-start the Brandy Peppercorn sauce.
PS-for dinners that need multiple wines for pairing, use a wine saver like vacu-vin or use half bottles - a good website for half bottles is Half Wit Wines.