Magazine article Sunset

A Table for Two

Magazine article Sunset

A Table for Two

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Objective: An intimate Valentine's Day dinner. Problem: Romantic restaurants are jammed, and slaving in the kitchen spoils the mood. Solution: Put on a dreamy CD and unpack the groceries. Then, as dinner cooks, sip a little Merlot and bring out the china, crystal, and candles. After chocolate truffles for dessert, let the magic begin.

Beef Fillet with Merlot Glaze

Prep and cook time: About 20 minutes

Notes: Pancetta is sold in well-stocked supermarkets and Italian delis. Serve with couscous.

Makes: 2 servings 1/2 cup beef broth

4 cup Merlot or other dry red wine

1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 thin slices pancetta (2 oz. total)

2 beef fillet steaks (about 11/2 in. thick; 3/4 to 1 lb. total)


1. In a 1- to 2-quart pan over high heat, stir broth, Merlot, jam, and pepper until boiling, then boil until reduced to 1/3 cup, about 7 minutes total.

2. Meanwhile, unroll pancetta and wrap a slice around the rim of each steak. Broil steaks on a rack in a pan 4 to 6 inches from heat until browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Turn steaks over and broil until tops are browned, 6 to 7 minutes more for rare. Cook longer, if desired.

3. Put steaks on warm plates and spoon sauce over them. …

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