Bistecche ai Funghi {Steak w/Mushrooms}

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Ah steak & shrooms, they just go hand in hand don’t they! Well as usual, everything sounds better in Italian. I think I’m just going to start speaking in Italian full time. Cosa pensi? eh he he… Bistecche ai Funghi is pronounced Biz-stay-kay I foon-gee & it’s just that, steak & shrooms.Are you ready for a different take on this classic combination? I had this dish (as with every other LOL) in Italy forevah ago & thought it was genius. You’ve got this crunchy toast (essentially a piece of Texas Toast as it’s known round here ; ) on the bottom, a luscious piece of medium steak. Because yes, I think that steak should be eaten medium with a warm pink center *drool* and then it’s topped with a blanket of scrumptious shrooms that have been basking in a tomato wine based sauce! SUBLIME! It’s full of texture, flavor & it’s oh so filling! What more can you ask for!

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A few things. The cook time will depend on how thick your steaks are. You don’t want it to be too thin & not too thick (otherwise you wouldn’t be able to get everything onto your fork & well that would defeat the purpose of enjoying all of this goodness together) It needs to be just right. You’re also probably going to want to toast up a few extra slices of that bread! The sauce is going to beg you to eat it! But it won’t have to beg long after you’ve tasted it!

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I mean just look at it! It’s waiting for you! Go ahead & get your steak knife ready ; )

Baci e Buon Appetito

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What you’ll need:
4 tenderloin steaks – room temp
1 small onion – minced
1/2 stick unsalted butter
10 oz fresh mushrooms – sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
Flat Leaf Italian Parsley – roughly chopped to garnish
4 thick slices of Italian Bread
2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
salt
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What to do:
Melt 2 tbsp of butter into a large saute pan over low heat. When melted add your onion & cook for approx 5 mins. Stirring frequently. Add your sliced mushrooms, mix together & pour wine on top & cook until wine has evaporated. WHILE wine is evaporating, mix your tomato paste with 6 tbsp warm water, whisk until combined. Pour mixture over mushrooms, season with salt & continue cooking over low heat. Stirring often. WHILE the mushrooms are cooking, put the olive oil into a medium saute pan over med heat. When hot add the bread and cook until golden. Turning half way through. Remove bread, place onto paper towels to absorb extra oil & set aside . Wipe the bread pan clean with a paper towel. Melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter into the pan over low heat. Add your steaks, season them with salt & cook approx 3-4 mins on each side until done (this will depend on the thickness of your steaks & how done you prefer your steaks). When steaks are cooked, remove them from the pan & allow them to rest for at least 5 mins.

To assemble: Place the toast onto your serving plate, Add the steak & top with the mushroom sauce & garnish with a bit of parsley!

Buon Appetito!

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17 Comments

  1. 1

    Mmmmmmm, I LOVE things served on toast–LOVE the way it soaks up all the yummy juices! But, I do have to take issue with one thing–I like my steak medium-rare at most…still moo-ing… Hehehehehe

  2. 2

    I know what I will be serving for Valentine’s. Thank you!!

    • 2.1

      Thanks Angelina! I think it would be an awesome Valentine’s Dinner!

  3. 3

    Loving that you put that on bread. How delicious!

    • 3.1

      Thank you Jessica! You’ll def want to make up a few extra slices of that bread!

  4. 4

    This looks so yummy. It’s 8:30am and now I want steak! By the way, I have a LOVE of the Italian language, unfortunatly I cannot speak it. Did you learn just by living there or did you take a course?

    • 4.1

      Thanks Audra! Yes, I learned to speak Italian while I was living in Friuli (Northern Italy) for many years. It is the most beautiful language (and yes, I’m quite partial LOL)

  5. 5

    That looks divine!

  6. 6

    This looks fantastic and it looks like the light-god came in your way, eh?

    • 6.1

      Thanks Britt! The rain let up for just a bit, & I ran out onto my deck while it was just drizzling to take the pics ; )

  7. 7

    this for my Valentine along with the chocolate torte………….must be love!!

  8. 8

    I love the idea of putting the steak and mushrooms on the toast – all the juices must soak in and make a very flavorful piece of bread.

  9. 9

    Yum… Looks so tasty! I love steak with mushrooms.

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    RachelZ /

    I’m trying this tonight and can’t wait! I may wrangle my boyfriend into grilling the steaks if it’s not raining.

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    kimmy /

    First of all beautiful blog, pictures and food :) love looking at those mouthwatering photos of such amazingly presented food! I don’t mean to be a pain, but I live in Malta, which is a tiny neighboring island of Italy, and would like to point out that ‘bistecche’ is NOT pronounced ‘bi-stay-kay’! It is pronounced ‘bi-stek-keh’ (‘h’ is silent). Italian is like a second language to me, I’ve learnt it through watching a lot of RAI Uno, Due and Tre, Canale5 and Italia1, lots of Italian TV in Malta! Anyway, keep up the amazing work! You make me hungry any time I read through your blog!! And I’m a great nutella fan too!! My boyfriend and I devour a whole jar if it’s in the apartment :) I tried your nutella turnovers… a dream!! cheers, Kim x

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