Valentine’s Day Recipe: Filet Mignon With Blue Cheese & Port Wine Sauce

Valentine’s Day is coming up. You know what that means! And no, I’m not referring to that one time two years ago I sat on my couch, watched Parks and Recreation, and devoured an entire Whitman’s Sampler. For all of you taken and happily married, this holiday can mean a lot. Or nothing at all. Either way, it’s nice to show your significant other how much you care about them.

Here’s a delectable dish you can prepare for your loved one!

What you’ll need:

4 filet mignon steaks (1 1/2 inch thick)
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup port wine
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup minced white onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme


*First comes the Port Wine sauce. Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and thyme. Cook and constantly stir until onion is tender. Add and stir in beef broth. Stir in port wine. Boil mixture until there is about 1/2 cup left. Set aside for now.

*It may be easier to make the sauce ahead of time and reheat.

Preheat oven to 350°. Over high heat, add oil to a cast-iron/oven-safe skillet. Quickly sear steaks on each side until brown. Place whole pan in oven.

Roast steaks in oven for about 15 minutes – medium rare – with an internal temperature of 145°. If you prefer below medium, adjust cooking time accordingly. Remove from oven and place on a baking sheet. Stir the blue cheese and panko crumbs together. Top each steak with new mixture.

Preheat your oven’s broiler. Place steaks under the broiler until cheese mix is properly browned (about 3 to 4 minutes). Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with warm port wine sauce.

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