Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito

Sweet and Sour Cherry Beef with Asparagus and Red Onions

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 38 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 18 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds filet mignon, cut into four 6-ounce portions, about 1 inch thick

Salt and freshly ground pepper

4 tablespoons butter

2 bunches asparagus, cut on a bias into 1-inch pieces

1 large red onion, sliced thin

Freshly ground pepper

5 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3/4 cup sour cherry preserves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

1 tablespoon freshly ground coarse black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan, preferably cast-iron, over high heat. When pan is hot, pat steaks dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper. Add steaks to pan and cook about 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove from pan. Cover lightly with foil to keep warm.
  2. Add butter to the pan and cook until butter is a deep golden-brown color. Add the asparagus and onions to the pan and cook, stirring or tossing often, until the vegetables are tender and slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter.
  3. Add the red wine vinegar to the pan and allow to reduce by half, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cherry preserves and cook until mixture has a sauce consistency, about 2 more minutes. Add the tarragon and the 1 tablespoon coarse-ground black pepper to the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if necessary.
  4. Arrange steaks on top of asparagus-onion mixture and spoon sauce on top of steaks.