Beef and Bacon Tournedos was one of my Dad’s signature dishes. It wasn’t until recently that I found out it came from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook called His Turn to Cook. The title is a bit condescending in today’s day and age, but the recipes are wonderful. The section titled From the Hunter’s Bag has some interesting recipes for game. And the mix and match sections for Create-a-Casserole and Stir-Up-a-Stew offer up some great ideas to get those meal planning creative juices flowing.
This recipe is a simple to prepare, quick to grill, rich and delicious main course that is weeknight fast, but weekend special. My Dad made a few changes to the original recipe, like not pounding it quite as thin and using Béarnaise instead of Hollandaise sauce. I am not a big fan of Hollandaise anyway, but I think the buttery richness of the Béarnaise compliments the recipe better.
I have been watching for flank steak to go on sale for a few months so I could make this. The other day I noticed a thin cut cross rib steak in the clearance bin so I decided to give it a try. It worked out quite nicely! And I saved myself some money and a little pounding. Not that I couldn’t have recruited my sous chef to assist me with the pounding part.
For those that don’t eat pork, you can use beef or turkey bacon. If the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor grilling, these can also be broiled or seared on the stove in a hot cast iron skillet. It won’t be quite as good as grilling, of course, but still delicious.
Until next time, happy eating.