"Tournedos" is deluxe steak. Like filet mignon, it is cut from the tenderest part of the filet. Tournedos is a round cut, about 2-inches in diameter and 1-inch thick. Needless to say, it is expensive. /It may be broiled, or sauteed in butter. It is generally preferred sauteed because broiling makes it a little too dry. It is cooked rare or medium-rare - never well done
To sauté: cook tournedos in heated butter over brisk flame for 4 to 5 minutes each side. Salt and pepper to taste. Arrange slices of warmed bread on heated serving dish. Remove sauteed tournedos from pan and place one tournedos on each slice of bread. Keep warm.
To pan in which tournedos have cooked, add wine and cook, scraping the bottom of pan until brown crust is dissolved. Add consomme and mushrooms. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add cream and cook over low flame for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour cream sauce over tournedos. Serve hot with French-fried potatoes.
Optional: Place a slice of foie gras on each tournedos before adding the mushroom mixture.