Coffee Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Valentine's Day is served with ease thanks to this quick, elegant meal for two! Juicy tenderloin steaks, a flavorful marinade, plus a simple cream sauce…it’s sure to impress.

Steaks & Marinade:
  • 2 Private Selection Angus USDA Choice Beef Tenderloin Steaks (⅓-½ lb. each)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled & minced
  • ⅔ cup strongly brewed coffee, room temperature (I used the Private Selection™ Breakfast Blend Dark Roast Coffee)
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled & minced
  • ¼ lb. bay scallops 
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ tsp. cornstarch
  • 1-2 Tbsp. white wine
  • ¼ tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  1. For the steaks: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil, pepper and salt. Place the steaks in a plastic food storage container (at least 25 oz.) and then pour the coffee mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate the steaks for at least 1 hour (up to overnight), turning at least once halfway through the marinating time.
  2. Heat your electric grill or outdoor drill over medium-high heat. Add the marinated steaks, and cook to your desired temperature(s). Let the steaks rest 10-15 minutes before cutting into them or serving.
  3. While the steaks are resting, prepare the Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add in the scallops and sauté another 3-4 minutes. Pour in the wine and cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch in small bowl until combined and add to the skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until the sauce is thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the tarragon and butter and cook another 1-2 minutes, or until the butter is melted into the sauce.
  4. Plate the steaks and spoon the scallop sauce over each steak. Serve and enjoy!

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