Tournedos Rossini

Tournedos Rossini
Tournedos Rossini is a very chic recipe, allegedly inspired by the famous composer.

It consists of fried fillet steak, served on buttered toast, topped with a slice of foie gras and a delicious sauce made by deglazing the cooking pan with port or Noilly Prat.
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Last modified on: March 15th 2012

For 2 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
29 min.17 min.46 min.
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Stage 1 - 15 min.
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Have your butcher prepare the tournedos steaks for you. This is fillet steak (also known as filet mignon) wrapped in a fine band of pork fat. It is rather expensive, but this is one of the very best cuts. Remove the steaks from the fridge at least 1 hour before using.

Dry both sides of the steaks with absorbant paper, then salt and pepper them.

Cut circles of bread about the same size as the steaks (using a cutter makes this easier) and butter both sides.

Stage 2 - 4 min.
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Fry the bread gently in a frying pan on low heat until both sides are lightly browned.

Heat the serving plates.

Stage 3 - 8 min.
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Meanwhile, pour 1 tablespoon oil into another frying pan on medium heat, and when hot, add the steaks and fry.

Cook until done to your taste.

See these tips for cooking red meat.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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The band of fat should come loose towards the end of cooking. Remove and discard it.

Cut 2 slices of foie gras, about the same size as the bread.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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As soon as the steaks are cooked, remove them from the pan and put them beside the toasted bread to keep hot while you make the sauce.

Leave the steak pan on the heat.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Pour 80 ml Noilly Prat (or port) into the pan and, using a wooden spatula, scrape the bottom of the pan well so that all the cooking juices are absorbed.

When the liquid comes to the boil, add 20 g reduced veal stock and stir. The sauce will thicken rapidly.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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To finish the sauce, add a knob of butter and whisk while it melts. This will give you a smooth, glossy sauce.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Place a round of toast on each plate, place a steak on top, then a slice of foie gras.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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Pour the sauce over and serve immediately. Tournedos Rossini should not be kept waiting.


To be completely authentic, the recipe should include thin slices of truffle, but it is already delicious as it is.

I recommend serving it with pan-fried mushrooms, for example, or a selection of small vegetables.

I prefer Noilly, as I find that port makes the sauce a little too bland and sweet.

If you don't have veal stock, your can use a beef stock cube instead, but it will not be quite as good.

And to drink?

A Cabernet-Sauvignon red wine, such as a Saint-Esthèphe.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,287 Kcal or 5,388 Kj69 gr72 gr136 gr
64 %26 %7 %21 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
206 Kcal or 862 Kj11 gr12 gr22 gr
10 %4 %1 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
644 Kcal or 2,696 Kj34 gr36 gr68 gr
32 %13 %3 %10 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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This recipe uses (among others)
Beef Beef : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Melt-in-the mouth meat and vegetables in a sealed casserole, Two-stage beef chuck , Home-made doner kebab, Taos hotpot, Carbonnade, ... All
Noilly PratNoilly Prat: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pan-fried scallops and chanterelles with Noilly Prat sauce, Scallops with cabbage julienne, ... All
Foie grasFoie gras: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Duck Parmentier, Purée of Jerusalem artichokes with foie gras, Sarladaise potatoes, Beef Wellington, Foie gras fingers, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fruit crémeux, Mushrooms on toast, French style, Almond mug cake for Mary, Milk rolls, Fish "à la Bordelaise", ... All

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