The other night, my husband and I went out with some great friends to one of our favorite restaurants, the Cafe Rinaldi in Old Forge, PA. Their food is absolutely fantastic! I find that I never order off the menu – I always get a special. And this night was no different.
I ordered Pasta Mignon. It sounded good…filet mignon served with pasta and a mushroom-sherry cream sauce. Sounds good, right?! Well, let me tell you…it was unbelievably delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
So what do I do, when I’ve had a great meal at a restaurant? I try to copy the recipe, of course! Remember, the Sweet Vanilla Cream with Berries from Ruth Chris Steakhouse that I made? So here’s what I did:
4 Tbsp butter, divided
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp shallots, diced
3 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 3/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 8 oz filet mignon steaks, cooked to liking
1 pound penne pasta, cooked
Melt 3 Tbsp of butter in a large skilled over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallots and saute for 4-5 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked through and soft, making sure that the shallots do not burn. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add the sherry and chicken stock to the skillet, 1/2 cup at a time, whisking until combined. Add additional salt and pepper if desired. Cook for 10 minutes. Add cream and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove skillet from the heat and add remaining tablespoon of butter, whisking until smooth.
Slice filet mignon into thin strips, making sure to slice against the grain of the meat. Top pasta with sauce and arrange filet mignon slices on top.
Is it a Keeper?
This was a pretty close copy to the heavenly meal I had at Cafe Rinaldi! I will definitely be making this great dish again! I would definitely recommend using a good sherry…not the stuff you find in the condiment aisle at the grocery store. It makes all the difference!
What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant?
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