Saturday, April 14

Herb & Garlic Crusted Fillet of Beef

  There are a few cooks I have enjoyed watching over the years. They inspire me to cook outside of  "my box". I love Ina Garten, Lidia Bastianich and Lucinda...I don't know her last name but it's 'Mad Hungry" Lucinda..she's great. I enjoy these cooks amongst a few others. I mean really....the food these women prepare is readily assessable, NOT overly complicated and totally eatable. Does that make sense to you? Well it does to me. Why would I want to spend my time watching a cooking show if I'm never going to try any of their recipes myself? I certainly don't want to watch a cooking program that is going to make me feel totally inadequate in the kitchen or talk down to me either. I have been cooking for 25+ years now and I have been around that block a few times myself.
 Use a selection of whatever herbs you have on hand, such as thyme, rosemary, flat-leaf parsley, oregano and basil, or use coriander, lemongrass, grated lime rind and ginger for an Asian twist. The success of this dish is in the quality of it's ingredients. Make sure the herbs are fresh and the beef is USDA Prime. My favorite combination being flat leaf parsley, rosemary, garlic and a little lemon zest.


3/4 cup chopped fresh mixed herbs
2 pounds beef fillet, trimmed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Spread the chopped herbs on a sheet of parchment paper.
3. Brush the beef with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season liberally with salt and pepper, spread over the crushed garlic then roll in herbs to coat, pressing in with your fingers. This can be done up to 3 hours prior to cooking.
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4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sturdy cast iron skillet over a medium-high heat.
5. Add the beef fillet, sear each side until evenly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
6. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 20 minutes for rare, or 30 minutes for medium.
7. Cover the beef loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

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Enjoy it served with roasted red potatoes, asparagus*, salad and store bought aioli sauce.........
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......or simply sliced and served with drippings from the skillet. Works for me!

*Asparagus recipes!

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