Paula and I enjoyed dinner tonight. Since Paula was off from work, I made us a bit of a treat. We also enjoyed the meal with some wonderful red wine. I had some beef tenderloin tips in the freezer. It seemed like a good time to use them so I looked up a recipe that might be worthwhile. I came across one that uses onion, potatoes, carrots, and green beans. It also produces a rich gravy to go with the meat and vegetables. Both of us enjoyed it tremendously. The red wine just made it even better.

Here is what you will need if you want to make this treat of a meal at your house…and it really isn’t too hard at all!

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 4 red potatoes, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 pound beef tenderloin tips
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Start by heating 2 tablespoons of olive oil in 4-quart sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the potatoes, carrots and green beans. Cover and cook for 10 minutes until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.

Now heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the steak tips to the pan and sprinkle with the paprika, salt and pepper. Stir until well coated. Sauté the meat for 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Finally, add the beef broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until broth is reduced by half. Combine the cream and the flour and shake until mixed. Whisk in the cream and mustard. Simmer until thickened. Return the vegetables and steak tips to the pan. Heat thoroughly while stirring occasionally.

As I said at the start of this entry, this is an easy meal to prepare. You even get to use just one pan. The creamy gravy really makes everything come together. The cream makes it rich and when you enjoy it with some red wine, it is truly delicious!