So….you’ve decided to cook up a juicy, tender, flavorful Filet Mignon. Obviously, the first thing you need to do make your way to your favorite purveyor of this most tender of steaks, and plunk down what is likely to be a fair amount of your hard-earned money.
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The craving: Entice me with meat and thrill me with edge.
The palate: racy but creamy.
The dish: New York Strip with Blue Cheese Butter Sauce
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To cook the perfect beef tenderloin, it helps to know a bit about the cut of meat itself. The tenderloin is a long, cylinder shaped muscle that runs along the spine (one on each side) of the cow. It’s the muscle that Filet Mignon are cut from. Because of its location (far from the legs), is does relatively little work, which is one of the main reasons it’s such a tender cut of meat.
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Perhaps the most common steak question I get is “How long should I cook Filet Mignon?”
The short, but likely inaccurate answer, is “about 10-12 minutes”.
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Filet Mignon is often considered the greatest steak cut of them all. It’s unmatched in tenderness. Has a somewhat mild flavor, compared to other cuts, and when cooked right, it nearly guaranteed to please. I’ll frequently cook my filet in the oven, but once it gets warm enough, it’s time to bring the Filets out to the Grill.
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New York Steaks are sometimes called New York Strip Steak, Kansas City Strip Steaks…or just the abbreviated Strip Steaks. It’s is one of the most common cuts in restaurants, from the most expensive Steakhouse to the restaurant chain down the street from you. For good reason. New York Steaks have a great flavor (typically more than a Filet Mignon), while still being very tender and juicy.
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Filet mignon, or “dainty fillet” is among the most coveted cuts from the cow due its lovely, tender texture and subtle flavor. Despite the title of our dish, filet mignon should not be fully cooked in the oven. I first sear the steak on the stove top, then transfer to the oven to finish. This method is my favorite, due to the crispy outside crust and perfectly cooked center, beautifully rare.
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A Porterhouse steak is a thing of beauty. Part Filet Mignon. Part New York Strip. It’s the most delicious Frankenstein you’ll ever cook. In this video, I show you how to cook a Porterhouse steak insdie on a pan/in the oven. Of course, even those I'm using the oven, the same techniques used here, apply to the grill as well, which I also love to use.
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Growing up, the only way I knew how to cook steak was on the grill. And I gotta admit that bringing flame to meat was, and still is, a satisfyingly primal expression of the culinary arts. However, over the years, I've found that great steaks can indeed be cooked on the grill, and so each time it's time to cook a steak, I gotta make the grill or not to grill call.
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While I love to cook steaks indoors, in a cast iron pan, getting out over the open flames, on a grill satisfies a primal need to bring fire and meat together. It also, joyfully, imparts an awesome flavor to a great steak. But alas, how to grill a perfect steak still eludes many folks, and I've seen and eaten to many prime cuts of beef, that were tortured on the grill.