Steaks with Merlot Sauce

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“Elegant sauce for a special steak. Great for company or a romantic dinner for two. You can even make part of the sauce in advance. Great with bread for sopping and a nice salad. And wine, of course! Adapted from Bon Appetit.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil wine along with chicken and beef broths in heavy large saucepan over high heat until it's reduced to 2 cups (~45min to 1 hour).
  2. NOTE: You can be prepare it to this point in advance, and cover and refrigerate.
  3. Mix butter and flour in small bowl.
  4. Heat 1 T olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Season steaks with salt and pepper and sauté to your taste (4 minutes per side would result in medium rare steaks).
  6. Remove steaks to a plate and keep warm (we put it in our microwave to keep the heat from dissipating) To your skillet, add shallots, garlic and thyme and stir 30 seconds.
  7. Add 1 1/2 c reduced wine mixture to skillet (reserve remainder for another use).
  8. Bring mixture to a boil and scrape up brown bits.
  9. Whisk in butter mixture until the sauce is smooth.
  10. Boil sauce until thick enough to coat spoon, about 2 minutes.
  11. Drizzle sauce over steaks, and serve remainder in a gravy boat.

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