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Filet Cacciatore



FILET CACCIATORE
Buca di Beppo Recipe

Serves 2

12 ounces beef tenderloin or sirloin tip
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon oregano
1/3 cup sherry
2 cups prepared Marinara (recipe follows)

Cut meat into 4 serving pieces. Season pieces with salt and pepper. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium-high until it shimmers. Add meat and brown about 3 minutes on both sides and remove from the pan. Lower heat to medium, add onions and mushrooms and cook slowly for about 4 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add garlic, capers and oregano and cook 1 minute more.

Raise heat to medium high and pour the sherry into the pan to loosen juices that stick to the pan during cooking. Bring sherry to a boil, add marinara sauce to the pan and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Return beef to the pan and heat thoroughly. Serve over mashed potatoes. Mound potatoes on platter, pour marinara over and then top with beef.

Marinara Sauce
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
dash salt and pepper
1/4 to 1/3 cup beef broth, if available

Combine ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer gently, uncovered, 10 minutes. Makes 2 cups.


Garlic Mashed Potatoes
8 red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup milk or potato cooking water

Boil potatoes, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt in enough water to cover the potatoes. Drain, reserving water if you prefer. Remove garlic cloves and discard. Smash potatoes, butter and milk together with a large fork until fluffy. You want a thick, homey texture otherwise, the marinara sauce will merge with the potatoes, making a runny mess. Season to taste with remaining salt.  Makes about 3 cups.





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