I have been meaning to cook this filet for some time now. My sister has been
bothering encouraging me to cook it for even longer! I have never made or eaten filet mignon so I was nervous. It is the best cut of meat on cattle and I was really worried that I was going to screw it up. I searched online for days until I finally realized that if it really is such a great cut of meat then it should taste good no matter what I do to it.
So, I finally got over my fear and started cooking:
I rinsed and patted the filets dry with a paper towel.
I kept it simple so we could really taste the meat. A little garlic salt and pepper sprinkled and rubbed into each side.
As I was prepping the meat I heated the pan to sear the meat. I think I let it get a little too hot, so I will have to adjust that next time. I cooked the filet for 8 minutes on each side (my searching online said to cook it for 6 minutes on each side but I wanted it a little less rare). I am not super happy with the way the first side looks - but, that's ok.
After I seared both sides I covered it to keep the heat in and get it to cook a little more.
The other side turned out much better.
Our meal. Filet Mignon (from my sister's ranch), bread (baked fresh at the store - YUM), mashed red potatoes (with garlic - so good!), and an artichoke.
I wanted asparagus but it was $3.97 a pound and too thick for our liking so I went with artichokes. But, we can have an artichoke each as a meal, so that may not have been a fantastic idea. The filet was WAY TOO rare - when we had finished eating and we full from the rest of our meal I cooked it for another 6 minutes on each side then put it in the fridge for later.
So, that was my first experience cooking and eating filet mignon. I ran into more problems than I usually do and when I asked the boyfriend how he liked it he said, "I don't like that fancy shit, but it is alright." In all my googling I never heard anyone call filet mignon "fancy shit" but, now I have! He is so funny!! I think it turned out ok, but it would have been amazing if I had cooked it long enough!