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The term "filet mignon" is a French derivative, the literal meaning is small (mignon) bone-less meat (filet). Cut from the small end of the beef tenderloin.
Filet Mignon Recipes
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Filet mignon is considered the king of steaks (and the finest cut of beef) because of its tender, melt in the mouth texture. A prime filet mignon can literally be cut with a fork. This beef cut can be quite expensive when dining out, but much more reasonable to make at home, especially if you purchase a whole tenderloin.
The whole tenderloin (also called chateaubriand -we have chateaubriand recipes here) applies to the entire strip of tenderloin meat, whereas slices of the tenderloin are termed filet mignon. Filet mignon slices found in the market are generally one to two inches thick and two to three inches in diameter.
Meatcutter Secret: The smart shopper will pick up porterhouse steaks on sale and get two prime cuts at once. The small medallion on one side of the bone is none other than the filet mignon. The long strip of meat on the other side of the bone is known as the New York strip, shell, club or Delmonico steak when detached from the bone or the T-bone when left attached. Use the T-bone or strip steaks for one meal and save the filets for a special dish.
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Tips and Hints for Filet Mignons
• This cut is so tender that it should never be cooked beyond a medium-rare stage. The longer you cook it, the less tender and more dry it becomes.
• Use a dry, high heat method such as broiling, roasting, pan-frying or grilling for this tender cut.
• Cutting into the meat to check doneness lets precious juice escape. Use the touch method. Press the meat. If it feels soft and mushy and leaves an imprint, it is rare. If it is soft, but slightly resilient, it is medium-rare. The minute it begins to feel firm, it is overdone.
• Since the tenderloin has no surrounding fat tissue, it is often wrapped in a layer of fat (called barding) such as suet or bacon to keep it from drying out. The barding also adds flavor.
• To ensure even cooking when roasting the whole tenderloin, the small end should be tucked up and tied or trimmed for other use.
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Filet Mignon Recipes
Preheat a large (12-inch) sauté pan over medium heat for 1 minute. Add clarified butter, then add the Worcestershire sauce to the butter. Place the shallots, garlic and mushrooms in the center of the pan with the tenderloin steaks around the edges. With a spoon, stir and toss the mushroom mixture. After 2 minutes add the lemon juice and season the ingredients with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Turn the steaks and add the thyme, chopped parsley and dried mustard powder. Cook the steaks to the doneness you like. Leave them in the pan and add the heavy cream and chives. Tilt the pan slightly, and pour the brandy into the front edge of the pan, turn the heat to high and let the flame (or if electric, light with a match) catch the brandy's vapors and ignite it. Swirl slightly, turn off the heat and let the flame go out.
Place medallions on plates and top with the sauce from the pan.
Note: You may want to slightly undercook the steaks prior to adding the cream and brandy so that the reduction process of making the sauce doesn't overcook them.
Yield: 2 servings
Beef tenderloin tips are quickly stir-fried and served over mixed greens with a balsamic-Dijon vinaigrette.
4 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 cup packed torn basil leaves
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 small cucumber, unpeeled, thinly sliced
1 small carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1/2 packet sugar substitute
Hot red pepper sauce or chili oil
1. Grill or broil steak 4 inches from heat source about 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Set aside to cool.
2. In large bowl, combine greens, basil, green onions, cucumber and carrot. In small bowl, mix lime juice, oil, fish sauce and sugar substitute. Add pepper sauce to taste. Reserve 1 tablespoon dressing; toss remainder over greens mixture. Place greens on a platter.
3. Thinly slice beef, reserving juices. Arrange slices over greens. Whisk beef juices into reserved dressing and drizzle over beef.
Bake/Cook time: 10 minutes
Carbohydrates: 12.5 grams
Net Carbs: 8.5 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 34 grams
Fat: 23.5 grams
In a medium, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Put in the steaks and fry them for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare (the internal temperature should be 120 to 130 degrees F.).
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COOKING FROM FROZEN:
Place your meat farther from the heat when broiling or grilling. Broil or grill 1½ to 2 times the suggested time for thawed steaks, burgers and pork chops. Roast 1¼ to 1½ times that suggested for thawed roasts.
Last Updated - Thursday, August 09, 2012 12:43 PM
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