Fill big chef shoes: Julia Child and Jacques Pepin shared this recipe for Chateaubriand, beef tenderloin cooked between two thin steaks (which are then tossed!).
- 1 twenty-ounce piece tenderloin, cut from large end (head)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Bearnaise Sauce
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Stand meat on its wider-cut end on a solid work surface. Fold a kitchen towel lengthwise once or twice into a wide band, and drape it loosely around the upright meat like a scarf. Gather the ends of the towel, and twist to form a tight collar that will hold meat in a round shape during pounding; grasp securely in one hand. With the other hand, pound top of meat with a meat mallet until flattened into an oval steak about 2 inches thick and 5 to 7 inches wide.
Heat a medium grill pan over high heat until it is very hot. Rub steak with oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Place steak on grill pan at an angle to ridges, and cook until ridges leave clear marks, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Turn, maintaining same angle and repeat on second side. Turn again, rotating so visible grill marks are perpendicular to ridges. Cook until a crisscross is clearly marked, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Turn once more, maintaining same angle, and grill so second side has been on grill exactly as long as first side. Brown steak on outside edge, holding with tongs or propping against a potato, shifting meat so entire edge gets browned. Grill a total of 10 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness of steak and desired degree of doneness.
Meat will be barely springy to the touch, indicating that it is still rare. Transfer to a small shallow roasting pan, and place pan in oven for 15 minutes. Remove to a cutting board; slice thin on a bias. Place on a warm serving platter, and pour pan juices over. Serve with bearnaise sauce on the side.
SourceMartha Stewart Living Television, November 1999