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Use the best fillet you can find. Nice and pink. Remove any fat and remove the sinew lining the fillet on the one side. You don't want any sinew on the steak at all. Wash the fillet. Pat dry.
Cut the fillet into medallions. About 6-7cm thick. Use a sharp knife for a clean cut.
Season the medallions with cracked black pepper. Don't be shy.
Season with salt. Don't be shy.
Pat the pepper and salt into the steaks.
Heat up a non-stick skillet with a thick bottom. Non-stick is very important if you want to get a good crust. Iron cast pans that are not non-stick will take the crust right off the steak every time you try and move it. So remember, you need a good non-stick pan.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
Crank up the heat to full power.
When it starts smoking add the medallions. You are going to fry the medallions on the flat sides only. Not around the edges. Do not move the medallion for at least 2 minutes. Once they have formed a very dark crust, turn over and fry the other side.
Add a tablespoon of butter and a sprig of rosemary.
Spoon the butter over the fillet while it cooks.
Once the other side is done and you have a beautiful dark crust on both sides, remove the steak from the pan onto a plate. Cover with foil and let them rest for at least 15 minutes. Very important!
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the balsamic vinegar and red wine to the pan.
Deglaze and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula.
The sauce will start bubbling. Keep mixing until the sauce is syrupy. It will reduce a lot. If you move the spatula through the sauce then it should separate and slowly run together again. Then you know it’s ready. Turn off the heat.
After the steak has rested, plate the steak and drizzle the sauce over the top.
Serve with fresh salad, roasted potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes.