French Onion Beef Tenderloin

French Onion Beef Tenderloin

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

We took the comforting flavors of French onion soup and turned them into an easy bistro-style steak dinner. Tender filet mignon gets smothered with sweet caramelized onions and topped by a crispy, Swiss cheese–covered crostini. To double this recipe use 2 large skillets and prepare one 4-serving recipe in each. Serve with green beans and mashed potatoes with buttermilk and chives.

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  • 1 pound beef tenderloin (filet mignon) or sirloin steak, 1-1½ inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 steaks
  • ½ teaspoon minced dried onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup dry sherry (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 slices whole-grain baguette ( ½ inch thick), toasted
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese


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  1. Sprinkle steaks with dried onion, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, turning once, until desired doneness, 3 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a plate and tent with foil.
  2. Position a rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add onions and sherry, cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and golden brown and the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the onions and stir to coat. Add broth, thyme and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt; cook until bubbling and thickened, about 1 minute more.
  4. Remove from the heat and return the steaks and any accumulated juice to the pan. Pile up some of the onions on top of the steaks. Top each steak with a slice of baguette and some cheese. Transfer the pan to the oven and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Serve the steaks with the onions and sauce.
  • Note: Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. “Cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets can be high in sodium. Instead, get dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines at your wine or liquor store.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 372 calories; 18 g fat(5 g sat); 3 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 53 mcg folate; 78 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 134 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 160 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 514 mg sodium; 562 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

September 20, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Fancy and Easy This is one of my favorite steak recipes. It always impresses company and tastes great. Very easy to prepare as well. Pros: Ease, great flavor, impressive Cons: Expensive cut of meat (well worth it though)
December 31, 2010
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By: sdawsonh
Excellent Choice for an easy, fancy dinner I made this dish about two weeks boyfriend and I liked it so much, we decided to make it again tonight for New Year's Eve. It is easy, but looks fancy and the flavor of the steak and the surrounding sauce is excellent. A slightly expensive cut of meat, but well worth it with this recipe. Enjoy it! Pros: Easy, healthy and impressive for guests Cons: Make sure you have a dinner pan that can go in the oven at high heat
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