Today’s recipe is not exactly what I would consider “normal cooking” because it’s not something you would make any ol’ day. The recipes I post on this blog are typically budget friendly, while this ones is not. Ya see, this dinner was prepared in celebration of mine and my husband’s 3 year anniversary! So I wanted to do something a little special, and not so “normal”.
However, if you’re also looking for a recipe to use for a special occasion, this is a great option! This meal takes time to prepare and a splurge in budget, but it’s really not that difficult to do! So have no fear, all you who are just beginning to learn how to cook. Even you can prepare a fancy meal for your spouse!
This recipe did take me a bit out of my comfort zone because I actually modified the original recipe a lot, which is something I NEVER do. I have big fears about changing recipes (specifically ones I’ve never made before), because I have no idea what the recipe needs to be better! In this circumstance, I just kinda winged it, and it turned out great! One thing I learned is that the original recipe calls for WAY WAY too much sauce. It makes like a whole quart of sauce, and you only need a few tablespoons for each filet, so that was a big waste. In the recipe posted below, I have reduced the sauce ingredients by half which should still be more than you need!
Beef Fillets in Creamy Gouda Cheese Sauce
Inspired By: Nibble Me This
2 cups heavy cream
2 ounces Apple Smoked Gouda Cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (I used dried because that’s all I had)
4 beef fillets (mine came pre-wrapped with bacon)
4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
Bring the heavy cream to a full boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then continue to boil rapidly for 45 to 50 minutes, until thickened like a white sauce, stirring occasionally. (You will need to keep a close eye on it because it will boil over very quickly if you’re not careful!)
Meanwhile, grill the fillets. Cook over high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Then continue cooking on low heat for about 8 minutes more per side. Fillets should be cooked medium rare. They should NEVER be cooked past medium.
Remove the cream from the heat and add the Gouda, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and parsley. Whisk rapidly until the cheeses melt.
Place 1 tablespoon of crumbled feta on top of each fillet, spoon sauce over, and finally sprinkle parsley on top. Serve warm.