Heat the butter until
brown. Fry the tournedos on high heat, one to two minutes per side.
Sprinkle with salt and fresh milled pepper. Take the meat out of the
pan and keep them warm. Fry the patéquickly on both sides. Put the toasts
on a plate, put the meat on the toasts and the paté on the meat. Pour
some of the fat out of the pan, add the Madeira wine and boil on high
heat until most of the liquid has evaporated. Pour this sauce over the
meat and decorate with truffle slices.
Gioachino Rossini was
born in Pesaro towards the end of the 18th century and became famous
as a composer of 39 operas, like The Barber of Seville and Wilhelm Tell.
He seems to have admitted to the fact that the most important fact in
life are music, food and love, not necessarily in that order. Food named
Rossini normally contains foie gras, truffles and a brown sauce; apart
from tournedos, it is used among others for eggs and chicken. Try it
on a piece of bread, must be delicious, and who knows, "toast Rossini"
may make you famous!