tournedos with Bearnaise Sauce

Recipe: Tournedos with Bearnaise Sauce


  • 4 (3-ounce) tournedos of beef
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Bearnaise sauce, recipe follows
  • Bearnaise Sauce: 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 or 3 stems tarragon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Season tournedos well on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the vegetable oil and the butter. Add the tournedos to pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Serve 2 tournedos per person, topped with the Bearnaise Sauce.
  2. In a saucepan combine shallots, lemon juice, vinegar and tarragon stems and cook over medium heat until liquid has reduced to 2 tbls. Let reduction cool to room temperature.
  3. In a metal bowl, combine egg yolk, water and reduction over a pot of simmering water. Whisk well until egg mixture begins to form ribbons when whisk is lifted out of mixture. While continuing to whisk, drizzle in melted butter little by little until completely incorporated and sauce is thick. Add chopped tarragon, taste and season with salt and white pepper

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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