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Steak with Sherry, Mushroom Cream Gravy

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Some of you may remember the SousVide contest a few months back. Well, we didn’t win, but they asked if we would be interested in keeping it if we’d post a couple recipes using the machine. I know 99.9% of people in the world don’t have one of these contraptions, but don’t click off of this recipe just yet, because you can still make it without a SousVide. And before you think we’re sell-outs and that the SousVide is a gourmand’s counter space taker-upper, let me just say that I actually really do like the thing. At first, I didn’t. Sorry Sous, it’s true. But I started thinking about it like a backwards slow cooker. Instead of making one complete meal at a time, the SousVide can make 4-8 (or more) partial meals at a time.

Let me explain…

I tossed 2 pouches of meat in the water bath (2 pork tenderloins and 2 tri-trip steaks) at one time and literally had most of the protein I needed for the week, done and cooked to tender, meaty perfection with zero attention needed. Pop the pouches into the fridge or freezer for later in the week. Once our gym opens, I will most certainly be cooking batches of meat this way every Sunday. So here comes Thursday, when you don’t feel like cooking. BOOM. Take out a hunk of meat, give it a nice sear on both sides. Make some roasted veggies for a side dish, whisk up a 5 minute sauce and you have a complete, fancy-looking meal, complete with perfectly cooked meat, on the table in a respectable amount of time.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds tri-tip steak loin (bottom sirloin), about 2 loins
  • butter, for the pan
  • 1 schmedium (small-to-medium) shallot, minced
  • 8-10 ounces various mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream + 1/3 cup
  • 2-4 tablespoons dry sherry*
  • fresh thyme (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Heat the SousVide to 145ºF (fill it with water too, of course). Meanwhile, liberally season the beef with salt and pepper and vacuum seal in a pouch. Cook for 1½ hours, and up to 3 hours. If you don’t have a SousVide, just brown the loins in a hot skillet and pop it in the oven to finish cooking (doneness is measured by the internal temp. and that will be depend on how well-done you like things).

Once the beef is almost done, start making the sauce…

In a saute pan, heat a few tablespoons of butter over medium-low-ish heat. Add the shallot and mushrooms (and some salt and pepper) and cook until the mushrooms develop a slight brown color.

Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the stock. Let it reduce by half. Then add the first 1/3 cup heavy cream, and let that reduce by half, then add the next 1/3 cup and let that reduce by about a 1/3. So many dang 1/3′s, is this confusing? Add the sherry, a tablespoon at a time, tasting as you go.

To finish the beef, take the loins out of the pouch and sear in a very hot skillet, just to brown the outside of the meat, then slice away.

Top with gravy. Garnish with fresh thyme, if you wanna.

*It’s pretty cheap and lasts forever. It’s also a great way to flavor seafood chowders. If you don’t want to buy sherry, try a squirt of lemon juice.

 

8 comments

  1. I can’t WAIT to try this!

  2. I bought a Demi SVS last fall and it has freed up more time than I imagined possible.

    When I return home with meat I immediately vacuum pack it with whatever seasonings I want then throw it into the SVS. What can’t go in immediately chills out in the fridge. Everything gets labeled and chucked into the freezer when it’s cooked. There is NO raw meat in my kitchen freezer. If it’s in there it’s ready to go whenever I want it. Instant food!

    Your recipe was the bestest one in the contest. You got robbed!

  3. I have a similar mushroom recipe, but it involves beer.
    http://www.theluckypennyblog.com/2013/04/mushrooms-in-cream-and-ale-sauce-recipe.html

    By the way, you are making me want to get one of these sous vide contraptions.

  4. i’m a little concerned about cooking in a plastic pouch. i haven’t looked into it, but it just seems wrong. has anyone looked into this?

  5. Meagan. I’m with you. I barely like drinking water out of plastic, why would I cook and then freeze in it? No thanks. The recipe however looks tasty and Tri Tip is a never go wrong meat!

    • i doubt this appeases your concerns, but the sous vide website does address it a bit in their FAQ:

      Is the plastic used in the SousVide Supreme Vacuum Sealer bags free of BPA and the other harmful substances often found in plastic?
      Yes. Food safety is very important to us and all of our bags have been third party tested and verified to be free of Bisphenol-A, lead, polyethylene and any phthalates.

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