Beef Medallions in Meztl Sauce

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 50m

Serves 12

This recipe from Patricia Quintana is a delightful dish that is special enough to serve at an important meal while at the same time being quite straightforward to prepare. It displays a quartet of Mexico's most important ingredients-cuitlacoche (corn fungus), epazote leaves, wild mushrooms, and several kinds of chiles-to their best advantage. Meztli means "moon" in Nahuatl, and the pale sauce atop the black one is meant to signify the moon shining on a dark night.

ingredients

  • For Marinade:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresly ground black pepper
  • 12 filet mignons
  • For Metzli Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 onions, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 pasilla chiles, minced
  • 4 arbol chiles, minced
  • 4 firm tomatoes, minced
  • 2 pounds cuitlacoche (corn fungus), chopped
  • 1 pound wild or cultivated mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/3 cup epazote leaves, chopped, (optional)
  • For Cheese Sauce:
  • 2 pounds ricotta cheese
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 onions, chopped
  • 8 serrano chiles
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • For Meat:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock, boiled to reduce to 1/2 cup
  • 12 x-cat-ik or other fresh chiles, about 2 inches long, with tips cut into strips and soaked in ice water until they open like a flower

directions

FOR MARINADE: Put all but the last marinade ingredient in a blender and blend for 2 to 3 minutes. Put the filet of beef in a ceramic container, add the marinade, and set aside for 30 minutes.

FOR METZTL SAUCE: Heat the oil in a casserole, add the onions and garlic, then saute until transparent. Add the chiles and tomatoes, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the cuitlacoche and mushrooms, and season again as needed. Add the epazote, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until thickened. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Keep warm.

FOR CHEESE SAUCE: Combine all the sauce ingredients except the butter in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Heat the butter in a saucepan, and add the blended mixture to heat through, being careful not to boil. Keep warm.

TO FINISH: Heat a frying pan over high heat. When hot, add the oil and melt the butter. Brown the beef for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or longer if desired, season with salt and pepper to taste, then remove from the heat. In a separate saucepan, heat the stock and drizzle it over the beef.

TO SERVE: Serve by placing 1 piece of meat in the center of each dinner plate. Top with the metzli sauce, then spoon on the cheese sauce. Garnish with an x-cat-ik chile "flower".

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 933

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