Behind The Butter

I Went There

So what did I do with those biscuits, you ask?

Now I rarely buy and eat steak but when I see a recipe from Miraval such as “Wild Mushroom Crusted Tenderloin”, I just have to go there.
So I did. I went there. And Almanzo is still sitting in stunned silence. Who woulda thought?

Of course it would be cruel to deny all you friends the recipe, so here it is.
WIld Mushroom Crusted Tenderloin

Serves 2

2 five ounce filets, preferably organic and grass fed
2 cups dried wild mushrooms
1 tbsp minced fresh basil, oregano, thyme and parsley (a mix of all those herbs to equal one tablespoon)
1/2 tsp sea salt (Jenna edited to be 1 tsp sea salt)
1/2 tsp black pepper
In a food processor, coffee grinder or Vita Mix, process the dried mushrooms until they become a fine powder. Mix with the fresh herbs, salt and pepper and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the steaks with the mushroom mixture thoroughly on both sides.
Heat a grill pan on high heat and sear each steak for two minutes per side. Stick grill pan in the oven and finish steaks for about ten minutes, or until medium rare (or however you like them)
On the side, we had kale salad. I raved about this the other day and finally got the recipe! It’s SO good.

Miraval Black Kale Salad

6 cups black kale (lacinato or dinosaur), rib removed, rinsed, chopped and loosely packed

juice of one lemon, freshly squeezed

3 T extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced (Jenna edited this to be 1 garlic clove)

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (Jenna edited this to be 1/3 cup cheese)

1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs, toasted in a 375 degree oven for four minutes or until lightly browned

In a blender, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic clove and red pepper flakes. Pour over kale. Add two tablespoons of the cheese and toss well. Right before serving, add the Panko breadcrumbs and the remaining cheese.

For best results, make at least one hour before serving.


And that’s a rap! Granola winner announced in the mornin’!

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  • Courtney (delightful devours)
    July 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Wow, looks yummy! The biscuits are great side to that!

  • Dorry
    July 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Haha! I’m pretty sure my fiance would sit in silence after a meal like that as well! I’ll have to save this recipe for a special occasion. 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I eat steak about once very ten years—-but this and the kale sound amazing. I’ll make it a teeny organic one from Whole Foods. The pix is gorgeous. Thanks!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    July 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Uh, I definitely plan on going there too with that steak! Looks marvelous and my boyfriend is always chiding me for not eating steak often enough.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    July 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Good grief, that meal looks show stopping good! Waistlines be darned, those biscuits have a holy, buttery glow to them.

  • Jessica
    July 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I’m glad you went there. Everything looks very tasty.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    July 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    That looks totally delicious! Lucky Almanzo

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    July 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    wow that is one tasty looking dish indeed!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    July 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    “And Almanzo is still sitting in stunned silence.” hahaha. At least you have a secret weapon now. 🙂 That kale salad sounds amazing! I’ve been loving kale lately.

  • Julia (Taste of Living)
    July 28, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I used dried porcini instead of dried mushrooms, but that’s pretty much the same. I make this dish whenever I crave a really good meatty dish: so nice to see a variation on your blog!
    (I hear using dried truffle works great too! Need to try that one…)

    x Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Kendel
    July 28, 2010 at 1:28 am

    This is the kind of post my meat-eating family would love to see on my blog! I think I’ll point them in your direction.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    July 28, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I love steak. My husband would marry me all over again if I made this.

  • Cara
    July 28, 2010 at 3:43 am

    I rarely eat meat, but you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to eat that steak.

  • Allie
    July 28, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I’m not much of a steak eater but I think I might have to be for one of those bad boys!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Alright, I am going to copy this! Everything looks amazing! I rarely cook steak (it intimidates me) but I think I may just have to go there. There is a certain someone I need to impress with a meal like this!

  • Tina
    July 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

    When pregnant, I want steak so badly! It is 7am and I’m craving it now. The mushrooms are just the icing on the cake. Boo cake. Yay steak! Dork alert. 😉

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    July 28, 2010 at 4:45 am

    It looks absolutely delicious!!

  • Chelsey
    July 28, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Oh my goodness – if I came home and cooked up a couple of steaks, I’m pretty sure FH would be speechless for days. Looks good though! 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    July 28, 2010 at 4:52 am

    hahahaha, you’re hilarious.

    I’m sure he’s grateful.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 28, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Sometimes you need a good steak. Since I rarely eat it, I always figure a steak craving has something to do with my body letting me know I’m low on iron or something. Or I might be crazy.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 28, 2010 at 5:14 am

    My dad would go bonkers over that steak. :mrgreen:

    I’m not a huge steak girl, but occasionally I’ll find one that I absolutely love. 😀

  • Heather
    July 28, 2010 at 5:25 am

    WOWZA. i love steak…this recipe would have this Texas girl sitting in stunned silence as well!

  • rachael
    July 28, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for the kale salad recipe. Looks delicious and I have more kale in my garden than we can drink every morning!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    July 28, 2010 at 5:27 am

    What a delicious dinner! 🙂

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    July 28, 2010 at 5:47 am

    YUM! I don’t know how you make biscuits and then not eat them all. I love buscuits and have zero self control! Literally…zero!

  • Liz
    July 28, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Yum. Enough said!

  • Stephanie
    July 28, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I love that you call your BF Almanzo.

  • jenna
    July 28, 2010 at 6:19 am

    this was an epic dinner!! fabulous steak and biscuits!!??!! Who are you? 😉

  • Jennifer @ Cook, eat, play, repeat.
    July 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

    This post just gave me some serious deja vu…lol Not sure why ^^;

  • Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    July 28, 2010 at 6:28 am

    The black peppercorn feta sounds amazing! It would go perfect with my lunch today. Mmmm…..buttermilk biscuits!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    July 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Wahoo! The husband really notices when we go awhile without eating red meat. And I do too, in a bad way. I don’t know why, but my body really really likes red meat and responds very favorably toward it (ie. losing weight efficiently, etc.). I actually have a bison ribeye thawing out in the fridge for tomorrow night! And I imagine it’d be wonderful encrusted with wild mushrooms, but alas, my stash of wild mushrooms doesn’t add up to anything near two cups. Maybe another time. I’ve got two more ribeyes in the freezer. 😉

  • Lauren
    July 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

    maybe i missed it, but what is the biscuit recipe you are using? this is what we use (although sometimes i’ve skimped on the buttermilk and used fat free milk and lemon juice instead… or used silken cake flour along with whole wheat flour… or fake butter, etc) but we love this one:

    2 C. white unbleached self-rising flour
    1/4 cup butter (plus melted butter for brushing on
    2/3 to 3/4 cups buttermilk

    sure you know this already but the best biscuit advice i’ve ever received (yes, biscuit advice is a real thing) is to not twist the cutter when you push down on the dough. just push down, lift, pop-out onto pan. no twisting (it breaks tenuous fibers). your ‘skits look great!

  • Beth (Blessed and Inspired)
    July 28, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Homemade biscuits are so worth it! Could that be the creamed kale on the side?? 🙂

  • Stacey
    July 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I bet he is stunned. He’s been getting 5 star meals lately.

  • julia
    July 28, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Thank you for the kale recipe! I was going to make kale chips tonight but now I am going to make the salad instead.

  • eatmovelove
    July 28, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I think Alamazo hit the jackpot with you…every man’s dream 🙂

  • Angharad
    July 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I love steak. Love love love it! Wish it was a) cheaper b) easier to digest and c) all the other reasons I don’t eat it daily.
    That recipe sounds divine!

  • Em the Lady Pastor
    July 28, 2010 at 7:22 am

    That kale salad looks SO tasty!
    Can’t wait to go to the farmer’s market on Saturday and load up on KALE!

  • Camille
    July 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Somehow I totally missed your granola giveaway! This is probably a good thing though or else I could be a very chubby winner 🙂

  • Sarah for Real
    July 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thank you! Your timing is perfect. I was just wondering what I could do with the giant tub of dried mushrooms that I impulse bought at costco.

  • Kristina @goodnweird
    July 28, 2010 at 7:46 am

    yum, everything looks so delicious. when are you going to share the biscuit recipe?

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    July 28, 2010 at 7:48 am

    My mouth is watering, that looks incredibly tasty :-p

  • chelsea
    July 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I rarely eat red meat either, but that looks divine! I have actually been craving a good steak for a few days now, so I think I know what will be on the menu for this weekend! 🙂

  • Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews)
    July 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Wild mushroom crusted tenderloin sounds awesome! I prefer venison over beef so I may try the recipe with that!

    Also, I have 8 giveaways going on on my blog right now if anyone is interested!

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance
    July 28, 2010 at 9:33 am

    you know, since I’ve been a little girl I’ve always HATED mushrooms. But now, I’m kind of intrigued to try this!! You make it look so delish 🙂

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    July 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Nothing like a nice juicy steak! YUM! I have yet to try the Kale salad….looks delicious:)

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    July 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    WOW. Sometimes, steak is needed. Amazing!


  • Morgan
    July 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Meat and ‘taters er, flour! Did Almanzo produce a huge diamond after this meal? He should. I declare steak and biscuits the new engagement chicken!

  • KatieTX
    July 28, 2010 at 9:57 am

    mmmm steak….

  • stephanie@Avocado Nation
    July 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I make it a point to eat one really good steak a year. I don’t eat red meat at all, really, but I have to have my one juicy filet every year.

  • Megan (Braise The Roof)
    July 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Holy cow. This sounds so so good. I don’t buy steak very often either, but this makes me want to get myself to the grocery immediately!!

  • Heather
    July 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    How hot of an oven did you finish the steaks in? Did your broil ’em? Also, those biscuits look perfect. Recipe?

    • jenna
      July 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

      I finished them off in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes…no broiling involved!

  • R @
    July 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I’m normally afraid to make steak but this looks do-able. I might just have to try it…

  • Kerri Beth
    July 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I’m stunned just by the pictures. I can only imagine the tastes.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    July 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Nice. I’m just starting to eat beef again. I haven’t given steaks a try, yet, but I think if they looked like that I might be persuaded.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    July 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    My husband would die for this meal. Die! We have some great local farmers at our weekly market that provide a ton of grass-fed, finished beef (and other meats), so I think I may have to indulge him soon! Like you, I don’t really crave red meat or eat it all that much, but a good filet on the right occassion? It can be magic.

  • The Cilantropist
    July 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    That steak looks amazing! I am not a huge meat-eater myself, but I would definitely eat that one, esp paired with that yummy kale. 🙂

  • Tricia
    July 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

    This may be a silly question….but is there a difference between a “grill pan” and a pan you throw on the stovetop?
    (steak rookie here but think I’m going to try this one on the boyfriend this weekend!)

  • Maissa
    August 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Making this tonight for the boy and I’s 4.5 year anniversary. Organic grass fed tenderloin cost me arm and leg but still less than going out to eat. Plus I’m thinking this looks so good it will have been worth it.

    I’m super excited about it.