Sunday, December 13, 2009

Steak tips with mushroom gravy

I got a subscription to Cook's Illustrated for my birthday from Katie and this recipe was in the last issue; I've never made steak tips before (I rarely make steak) but I wanted to try this. It came out fantastic; I followed the recipe pretty much exactly and the gravy was perfect, the steak was cooked just right, etc. Here are the key things they suggested that made it good:

1) Marinate steak pieces in a mixture of sugar and soy sauce before anything else
2) Soak some dried porcinis in beef broth for soem time, then mince them and mix them into the gravy when you add the sliced white mushrooms--adds a much deeper mushroom flavor
3) Fond, fond, fond. keep building it, keep scraping it.

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