Wednesday, October 10

Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

Sometimes you just need a little beef!
Restaurant Style Filet Mignon
The reason these steaks are so amazing is due in part to having the very best, most fresh ingredients possible. That means high grade salt, FRESHLY ground pepper.....that you actually ground yourself. It means fresh herbs and honest to goodness REAL butter. The good news is that these are all things you should already have in your kitchen...okay, maybe not the fresh herbs...but you can easily pick those up at your green grocer.
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  • 2 8-ounce filet mignons
  • 4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 stick REAL unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh Thyme
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • crumbled blue cheese, optional

  • Take 1/2 stick of butter, softened and mix well with the chopped garlic, herbs and lemon zest. Place it down the center of a piece of plastic wrap, roll tightly into a log shape and refrigerate. 
  • Generously season the filet's with salt and pepper, about 1 tsp. of seasoning per side. Melt the remainder of the butter and olive oil in a black, cast iron-seasoned skillet. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and heat your skillet on high heat.
  • Sear the filet's in skillet for 2-3 minutes per side, or until a nice brown crust forms. DON'T MOVE THEM AROUND, turn them and leave them alone. 
  • While the steak is searing, continue to spoon the residual butter in the pan over the top of the meat while it's cooking. 
  • Once both sides are seared, place the skillet and steaks in the center of the oven for about 6-8 minutes. 
  • In the last few minutes of cooking, take the log of compound butter and slice a nice thick piece to place on top of each steak. Your steak will be  ready when it is 135 degrees in the center. Plate, top with compound butter and blue cheese if desired. This will give you a nice medium-rare steak. 
And there you have it. It's simple as can be, as most of the best things in life are and I dare you to tell me of a better way to cook a delicious steak! If you have never cooked a steak this way give it a try.

The Domestic Curator

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