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Beef Medallions with Bacon and Morels
© John Kernick

Beef Medallions with Bacon and Morels

  • TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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Teres major is an ultra-lean steak that's sometimes referred to as mock tender. Its similarity to the tenderloin makes it a great substitute for filet mignon.

  1. 8 slices of bacon
  2. 2 beef teres majors (about 1 pound each), cut into 8 medallions
  3. Salt
  4. Freshly ground pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 16 fresh morels, rinsed, or dried morels—soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes, drained and rinsed
  7. 4 large scallions, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  8. 1/2 cup Madeira
  9. 3/4 cup mushroom stock or low-sodium broth
  10. 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  1. Wrap a slice of bacon around each beef medallion and secure with toothpicks. Season with salt and pepper. In a skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the medallions and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, 2 minutes; turn and cook for 1 minute. Add the morels and scallions and cook over moderate heat until the scallions are tender. Transfer the meat to a plate. Cook the vegetables for 2 minutes more, add the Madeira and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the meat and stock and simmer over moderately low heat, turning, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat registers 140°, about 3 minutes. Transfer the meat to plates; discard the toothpicks. Remove the skillet from the heat and swirl in the butter. Season with salt and pepper, spoon over the meat and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Tart cherry-inflected, earthy Barolo.