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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Filet Mignon | Filet of Beef | Seared Filets at Home

When I was catering, seared Filets were one of my favorite entrees to serve.  Why?  Because almost everyone loves a good steak (well everyone except vegetarians... sorry!) and they are so easy to prepare.  My clients and their guests would be so amazed that I was able to cook all of them perfectly - at the same time, in the kitchen!

For some reason, most people (men especially...) think you have to cook steaks outside on the grill.  Nope.  I actually prefer a steak crusted in sea salt and cracked pepper, seared in a pan and finished in the oven*.  The searing of the steaks with the salt and pepper creates a brown crust that seals in all of the juices that a grill just can't match.

After learning how to prepare seared steaks at home, I rarely order a steak at restaurant (or fix them outside on the grill...) because I'm always disappointed!    I walk you thru the directions below, but for the Printable Recipe (New!), click here.

I buy the thickest filets I can find - 6 to 8 oz. is a good size.

Coat all sides of the steaks with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper - you can't put on too much!  It is important to be generous with the seasoning because it is what creates the outside crust.

Heat the skillet on high until very hot before adding the steaks - about 2-3 minutes.  Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then add steaks immediately.  

Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes until the steak easily pulls off the pan - this means that they are properly seared.  

After doing the top and the bottom, sear the sides for 2-3 minutes.

The steaks will be perfectly medium rare.  If you prefer a more well done steak, put them in a 500 degree oven for 3-5 minutes until they are done how you'd like them.

Get the Printable Recipe here.

*If you are preparing them for a crowd, I sear the tops and bottoms ahead of time (earlier in the day), then put them on a sheet pan and refrigerate them.  About 10 minutes before dinner, I put them in a 500 degree oven for 5-8 minutes until they are medium rare.  The cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the steaks. 

This photo was from our Anniversary Dinner - I've sliced the steak along side Homemade Tagliatelle Pasta with a Truffle Cream Sauce.

Here is the easy to pin snapshot for pinterest!

Get the Printable Recipe here.

The April Collection
Dew covered green grass on cool mornings, warm afternoons, dirt under my fingernails, mud on my boots and air scented with lilacs. April, I'm so glad you are here.
For this collection, I've put together some classic favorites like the Robin's Egg Blue Enamelware and Willow Vases and added some fabulous Lilacs in the form of pot holders, aprons and table linens. I love the combination of these soft colors that are ushering in a casual and relaxed spring season that calls for dinners outside, too much time spent in the garden, fresher, lighter recipes (except those chocolate cupcakes!) and time spent playing in the grass.
Shop all of the new additions to the Spring Collection, here >

Perfect for Mother's Day, a birthday or just yourself.  I love the cottage prints on these aprons - even makes my mudroom look charming : )

Lilac Linens

I can't get enough of this lilac pattern in our house right now.  This airy repeated pattern is giving every room in my house a cottage feel.  I normally lean to stripes, or blocks of muted, natural colors, but this entire collection has turned my house into a quaint english cottage, and I LOVE it.

Do you remember when Tessa posted about a Southampton Cottage that repeated a floral pattern in every room?  It was so fresh and charming, chic.  It made me long for a breezy beach cottage.

The Lilac print is just a touch feminine with tiny bits of a lavender/pink shade, but reads green from a distance making it the perfect, understated way to use a floral pattern.  I am just smitten and love how transforming it is for each space in our home.

Lilac Napkins, $34

Set of 4.

The favorite lilac pattern is repeated here with a triple band border around the perimeter.  

Lilac Tea Towel

No collection is complete without a tea towel!  I'm contemplating turning some of these into cafe curtains in Emma's bathroom.  Yes, I'm addicted to this pattern.

Lilac Meena Potholders, $24 
Everyone needs a fresh set of potholders.  I've never seen a fresher version!  Now this is a potholder I would actually use when we have company... instead of the very tattered ones that were in my kitchen drawer!  These would make a great gift for a wedding shower, too.

Lilac Jasna Potholders, $24

Here is my pattern again : )

Lilac Cushion Cover, $34

Our white and ivory bedroom now feels like it is a cozy cottage room with just the addition of this lilac covered pillow cover and some fresh lilacs on the bedside.  

Lilac Meena Tablecloth, $68
The other tablecloth that coordinates with this collection is the Lilac Meena Tablecloth.  It has a small graphic floral print in a pale lilac/pink color with the lacy lilacs at the border.  You can see it coordinates beautifully with the Lilac Napkins.

Lilac Jasna Tablecloth, $68

I already have my table set for Mother's Day : )  It would also be the perfect setting for a baby or bridal shower, or birthday.

Lilac French Tumbler Candle, $28.50

The scent of soft lilac is so precious to me.  My neighbor has a huge collection of lilac bushes, and when the warm sun hits them it perfumes my entire backyard.  I walk out onto our porch and breath so deeply every chance I get.
Poured in a Fleur de Lys French Tumbler, this is my favorite essential.  The tumbler can be used as a drinking glass or vase when the candle is finished.

This candle is just luxurious.  When I burned the sample, I just couldn't keep away from it.  The breeze coming in our window, swirled in with this candle is so peaceful and special.  It is clean, it is floral and fresh at the same time - one of those candles that fill your nose and you just can't get enough of.

Small Willow Vase, $10

This vase gives such an earthy and casual look to anything it contains.  I will use it for flowers and also to put candles in 
You know I love basics - essentials.  In fact, I love basics so much that in my kitchen you will only find the basics - when it comes to cooking utensils.  I stick with wooden spoons and white rubber scrapers.  I am a stickler, constantly whittling down to the basics so things don't get overcrowded.  
Set includes two wooden spoons, one wooden spatula, one large scraper and one small scraper. 
Bath Brush, $14

I had a massage a couple of years ago and the therapist shared insights on body brushing.  There is nothing more exhilarating (or exfoliating!) than using a body brush on your legs, feet and back when you are in the shower.  Completely transformative and helps circulate energy throughout your body. 

Facial Brush, $10

I use this face brush every morning and night along with my facial cleansing oil.  It exfoliates and smooths my entire face - without a huge price tag of an electric one.

Wooden Hair Brush, $14

Why are simple, pretty essentials so hard to find?  I love the natural colors and materials used in this brush.  It keeps my bathroom feeling soothing, instead of something bright and plastic.

Dish Brush Duo, $10

I use all of the brushes in my Kitchen Brush Set, but these are the two that I need to replace on a regular basis because they get used so much.

Brought back by popular demand, a favorite from last summer's collection - Robin's Egg Blue Enamelware.  
Nothing says summer entertaining like enamelware - especially, in this perfect Robin's Egg (better known as Seaside around here) Blue color.  It is the perfect lightweight service-ware for using outdoors or on picnics.  Every time I use these, I love them even more. 
Each piece of Enamelware will hold its own characteristics and slight blemishes, due to its casual style.  Please see closeup photo for reference.
This platter is just the perfect size to display veggies from the grill, a big slab of brisket (shown here) or a long pound cake going down the center with whipped cream and berries piled around.  

I use this bowl all of the time.  It is perfect for a big salad or vegetables, like this french potato salad, or...
I love using the Big Basin Bowl ice as a cooler for beer or presseco. 
Last year I showed this large round platter with piles of fresh seafood, potatoes and corn - our favorite summer seafood boil.  The options are endless for this - even filled with chips and a bowl for guacamole would be perfect.

This is fun for anything (and always the first to sell out!)- especially a big pile of freshly washed berries.

Great for appetizers or a veggie platter.  This also is a great way to display rows of sliders, or cupcakes. 

The cutest thing for summer.  I use mine for small scoops of ice cream, or individual crumbles... also topped with ice cream. 

I put peach ice cream in the mini pots and topped them with tiny, super soft snickerdoodle cookies - a favorite combo.

Appetizer Plates, Set of 6, $24

I love these little 6" round plates.  There are always what I need when we are entertaining - to put out with snacks, appetizers or next to a tray of cupcakes.  Since they are enamelware, they add just enough of color and charm to any setting, whether it is inside for Mother's Day or outside for a BBQ.  

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  1. Kelly in Georgia9:41 AM

    I am going to have to try this just to test it out. We are a "grill steaks every Sat. night" family. I normally do a filet with garlic salt and cracked pepper (liberally like you do), but I like a more well done steak. This will be an interesting experiment...maybe for New Year's Eve! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. My mouth is watering as I read this! I am definitely going to have to try your recipe. I think people "doctor" up a steak too much and you miss the flavor. Your way, seems just right. Thanks for sharing !

    A Southern Bee Diary

  3. I'm SO trying this!! You make cooking look so easy. I'm challenged in that department. I absolutely *adore* your blog....your taste, simplicity, etc. When are you going to write a book? I would definitely purchase.....more than one! xoxo in Kentucky

  4. i tried this recipe out last night, and it was AMAZING!! my husband said it was the best steak he ever had....that alone was worth it :) i will definitely be searching your blog for many more recipes & tips. thanks!!

  5. Hi Jenny,
    Thanks, for this recipe.
    I made it last night and it was wonderful.
    White truffle oil can be intimidating to cook with because it has such a strong flavor but the pasta was simple and very tasty.

  6. I pinned this recipe back in December thinking "someday..." Well, I made this for a belated Valentine's dinner for my husband and me last night. All I can say is...WOW! I've always avoided expensive cuts of meat for fear of overcooking or otherwise ruining them. This was foolproof and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth fabulous. My husband thanks you for sharing!

  7. This is the way I do Filet Mignon as well...then I serve with Bernaise sauce...equally yummy!!

  8. This is the way I do Filet Mignon as well...then I serve with Bernaise sauce...equally yummy!!

  9. Anonymous7:55 PM

    This was the best filet mignon I have ever made...on par with steakhouse filets. My husband and I hardly spoke at dinner - we were so busy eating and sighing happily. Thank you so much! I will never cook filet any other way again.

  10. Anonymous11:07 PM

    yum i've made twice this way, perfect every time! Thanks so much!


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