Seared Beef Tornadoes

Total Time:
30 min
20 min
10 min

4 servings

  • Polenta:
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • Salt and ground white pepper
  • Beef:
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Eight 2- to 3-ounce beef tenderloin medallions
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • For the polenta: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the stock to a simmer. Then reduce the heat to medium-low. Next, slowly whisk in the cornmeal and continue whisking during the entire cooking process. Cook until the liquid has been absorbed, 5 to 6 minutes. Then add the cheese, again whisk, and then taste and season with salt and pepper. Hold warm until serving.

  • For the beef: Heat a large saute pan over high heat until the verge of smoking, and then add the oil; reduce the heat to medium. Sprinkle the steaks, both sides, with salt and pepper, and add to the oiled pan. Sear the steaks on the first side for 2 minutes, then flip and repeat cooking for additional 2 minutes. Once cooked, turn the heat off and add the butter and thyme. Allow the butter to brown, turning or spooning the butter over the steaks during the process, for 1 minute.

  • Remove the steaks and allow to rest for 2 minutes. Then portion the prepared polenta to the plates, top with seared tornadoes and then spoon over brown butter and serve.

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