Working with one piece of steak at a time, place each between two pieces of plastic wrap. Working from the center to the edges, gently pound each piece of steak with a meat mallet to 1/2-inch thick.
In a small frying pan (8- or 10-inch) over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon butter for 1 minute. Add the pounded tenderloin steaks, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper; increase heat to medium-high and sautexactly 2 minutes on each side. Remove them to a plate and chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter; stir in Worcestershire sauce. Place the shallots or green onions, garlic, and mushrooms in the center of the pan with the tenderloin steaks around the edges. Using a spoon, stir and toss the mushroom mixture approximately 2 minutes. Add lemon juice, salt. and pepper. Turn the steaks and add the thyme, chopped parsley, and dried mustard powder.
Now cook the steaks to the doneness you like. Note: You may want to slightly undercook the steaks prior to adding the cream and brandy so that the reduction process of making the sauce doesn't overcook them. Your steaks are done when the internal temperature registers 120 to 130 degrees F. on your instant-read meat thermometer:
What constitutes rare and medium-rare cooked meat? To satisfy government home economists, the Beef Council says rare beef means an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Well, that is ok if you like well-done and dry meat. If you like moist, rosy meat (like I do), rare begins when the internal temperature registers 120 degrees F. and starts to become medium rare at 125 or 130 degrees F. To cook your meat properly, you must purchase and use a good instant-read digital meat thermometer.
This is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. To learn more about this excellent thermometer and to also purchase one (if you desire), just click on the underlined: Thermapen Thermometer.
Flambé the steaks: Check out my web page on How To Flambé for hints and tips.
- Leave the cooked steak in the frying pan; add the heavy cream and chives.
- Tilt the pan slightly, and pour the brandy or cognac into the front edge of the pan; turn the heat to high and let the flame (or if electric, light with a match) catch the brandy's vapors and ignite it.
- Swirl slightly, turn off the heat and let the flame go out.
Place steak medallions on individual serving plates and top with the sauce from the pan.
Makes 2 servings.