Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Filet Mignon – sort of!

Filet Mignon by Carole's Chatter
Filet Mignon is a dish that has a real retro vibe for me.  I don't often buy really expensive cuts of beef like eye fillet so this was a real treat.  There were 2 glorious pieces of eye fillet marked down to half price because they needed to be used.
I let the fillets come to room temperature and then patted them dry with a paper towel.
I wrapped bacon round each fillet – in this case 2 strips each because the bacon I had was quite narrow and the fillets were very thick ones.  It would have been easier if the sizes had matched more closely.
Filet Mignon by Carole's Chatter
I secured the bacon to the fillet by a combination of  bamboo skewers (soaked in water) and toothpicks.  As you can see the results weren't particularly neat.  Typical!

I seared each side in a mix of butter and oil, then seasoned each side and popped them into a low-moderate oven to finish – covered loosely with foil. 
I used my trusty meat thermometer to make sure the steak got to the right amount of doneness (which for me is medium rare and for my better half a little closer to medium). 
I made a little gravy by deglazing the pan with ½ cup of stock (homemade chicken with a splash of Worcestershire sauce).  I would have used beef stock if I'd had any.  I add a small amount of wine/cognac and a touch of horseradish sauce.  To thicken the sauce a little I added a teaspoon or 2 of a packet light brown gravy mix.
I know – it's cheating but what the heck!  The results were mouth watering.


  1. Sounds and looks delicious. Your patience with the bacon was worth it!

  2. Ooh, I love filet mignon. This makes me hungry. Must be time for breakfast--and coffee. Oh, how can I even type this without having had a cup of coffee yet? *LOL*

  3. We love Filet Mignon and your recipe looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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