A Special Filet Recipe for the New Year

A Special Filet Recipe for the New Year

As 2024 approaches, it's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with a special meal. Filet mignon, known for its tenderness and elegance, is a perfect choice for a festive dinner. This blog will guide you through a recipe that is sure to impress your guests and make your New Year's celebration memorable.

Ingredients and Preparation

  • Filet Mignon: Choose high-quality filet mignon steaks, about 1 to 1.5 inches thick.
  • Seasoning: Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a hint of garlic powder.
  • Butter: Unsalted, for searing and basting.
  • Herbs: Fresh thyme and rosemary for aroma.
  • Garlic: Fresh cloves for added flavor.

1. Seasoning the Steak

Start by patting your filet mignon dry with paper towels. This ensures a perfect sear. Season generously with salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking, which promotes even cooking and better flavor absorption.

2. Searing to Perfection

Heat a skillet over high heat and add a couple of tablespoons of unsalted butter. Once the butter is hot and foaming, place the steaks in the pan. Sear each side for about 2-3 minutes or until a golden crust forms. Remember, the high heat is key to achieving that perfect sear.

3. Adding Aromatics

Reduce the heat to medium and add fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary, along with a few cloves of garlic to the pan. These aromatics infuse the steak with a subtle, yet rich flavor.

4. Basting for Flavor

Tilt the pan slightly and use a spoon to baste the steaks with the melted butter and herbs. This not only adds flavor but also helps cook the steak more evenly.

5. Cooking to Desired Doneness

For a medium-rare finish, aim for an internal temperature of 130-135°F, which usually takes about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy.

6. Resting the Steak

Once done, let the steak rest for about 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring each bite is succulent and flavorful.

7. Serving Suggestions

Serve your filet mignon with sides that complement its richness. Consider creamy mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, or a light, tangy salad. For an added touch of luxury, top your steak with a dollop of herb-infused compound butter or a drizzle of a rich sauce like red wine reduction or béarnaise.

8. Pairing with Wine

Complete your New Year's meal with a perfect wine pairing. A full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or a velvety Merlot pairs wonderfully with the richness of the filet mignon.

 As you bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024, let this exquisite dish be a symbol of the fine moments to come. Happy New Year and bon appétit

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