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If it's a steak I like to BBQ it. I use lots of charcoal get it really hot and have the rack about 2 inches from the coals. I turn a total of six times using high enough heat to just keep it from flaming. If it's a thick piece it's a 15 minute job. You don't want to dry it out but at the same time it's a thick cut that is extremely tender until you burn it.

I cut into it after about 15 minutes at high heat to see how it's cooking. Sometimes you can kind of just tell by looking at it and pressing on it.

Nothing like a crispy on the outside fluffy juicy center filet.

Good luck.
Similar to some of the recommendations for the Prime Rib, use a thermometer if it is a roast, if you like Rare to MR, take it off when the temp is 120 - 125 and let it rest for 10 - 15 minutes. The juices will redistribute throughout the meat, and will not come pouring out when you cut into it. It will also continue to cook. For best flavour, do not cook over MR (but everyone has there own tastes). For a steak, cook as you would any steak, but keep in mind that it is a very lean piece of meat, and overcooking will result in a very dry taste.
Filet mignon is prized as much or more for its texture rather than it's flavor. Imo, filet mignon should be pan-seared at high temperature in a very lightly oiled (peanut oil) heavy skillet. The meat is then placed on a warm platter in a warm oven and covered, while the pan is deglazed (Cognac is best.) and a sauce made. The juices from the meat platter are added before the sauce is finished. Green peppercorn sauce is my favorite made this way.

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Thick, top-quality filet mignons. I use 8 ounce filet mignons. If you're not serving a number of other courses, you might opt for larger ones.

Green peppercorns. If you get them dried, soak them in Cognac for a day or longer to reconstitute them.

Peanut oil

Butter 2 tablespoons

Cognac (brandy can be used)

Dry or sweet Sherry (A little Amontillado sweetness adds a nice touch to this sauce.)

Shallots 2 cloves, chopped (garlic can be used instead, 4 cloves, minced)

Heavy cream

Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons

Cooking instructions:

Press plenty of green peppercorns into both sides of each filet mignon, but don't flatten the filets.

Preheat oven to 140 degrees.

Add a very small amount of peanut oil to a heavy cast iron skillet, preferably one with a top to minimize splatter. I use a cast iron
chicken cooker that came with a glass top. You want just enough oil so that when you heat it, it will just spread out and cover the pan. You aren't frying the meat; you're pan broiling it. Heat the skillet on high heat til the oil begins to smoke. Using tongs, add the filets to the pan and sear on each side for about three minutes.
Remove the filets to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and place in the oven.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan. It will melt quickly.
Stir and scrape the particles off the bottom of the pan. Add the shallots and cook briefly til they become translucent. Keep stirring and
Then add about 3-4 tablespoons of Cognac and either flame
to burn off the alcohol, or just cook for a minute and the alcohol will evaporate. Add about 4-5 tablespoons of Sherry and continue scraping and stirring. After it reduces a little, add about
3-4 ounces of heavy cream, stirring and scraping all the while.

As it begins to thicken, pour in the juices that have accumulated on the meat platter
from the oven. When the sauce begins to thicken, remove it from the burner or it will separate. Add 2 teaspons of Dijon mustard and stir well. Pour the sauce over the filets and serve.

Wild rice or garlic mashed potatoes goes well with that

You can vary the amounts of the ingredients to taste. It can be made with black peppercorns, but that can be kind of spicy and
it could overwhelm a good red wine. I also use this recipe for breast of duck. If you do, cut through the skin and fat, but not into the meat, and palce rows of green peppercorns in the slits. You will also need to pour of the fat after pan searing the breasts.

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hey tbird -

Having much trouble with vampires as of late? big grin

Just kidding, I like garlic just as much as the next guy...unless the next guy is Decanter and the garlic smell is interfering with his palate at a blind tasting

I'll have one drink, two at the most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under my host
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Anthony -

Easy and great!

Good Fillets, Montreal steak seasoning (easy to find off the shelf, (or seasalt/course pepper), good blue cheese.

High heat on a good grill - 3 to 4 minutes a side (depending on meat thickness).

Lower the heat to medium and go about 2 more minutes a side, tops. If the fillets are as thick as they are wide, turn them on there sides for 30-40 seconds, also. Tot time shouldn't be more than 12 minutes unless there really thick.

Lastly, after the last turn, with a minute or two left, sprinkle a couple of Tsp of crumbled blue cheese on top to melt before you pull 'em off.

Oh yeah, don't cut into 'em while cooking either - just feel 'em. After a few times you'll get the touch thing down. Good Luck!!
I tried Board-O's recipe last night. Inconceivable! Fantastic, accompanied by a nice bottle of '97 Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. Board-O, might you have any good recipes for rabbit? I'm picking up my first rabbit for tomorrow night and need ideas.

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cliff, my wife says the same thing. The wine is invariably better at home than out, unless we bring it with us. The food is better than 90+% of the restaurants.

casey (or kc), I've never made rabbit, but the best rabbit dish I've ever had we had in the Canary islands a few times. It's called Rabbit Salmorejo. Gastronauta lives in the Canaries and once posted a recipe for it. There's a great market near me that carries fresh rabbit, but my wife doesn't want to eat Thumper. Try the recipe with fresh breats of duck, magret. D"Artagnan supplies it and you may be able to find it near you. The market near me also has locally raised duck breast from Muscovy duck.

kybo- wink

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I have a question about your coffee/chocolate dregding for the filets. I assume you use a fine grind coffee (is espresso alright to use?), but for the chocolate, do you use a good quality bittersweet cocoa, or are you grating the chocolate by hand (again, I assume bittersweet). If you could give some examples of the kind/brands of chocolate you use, it would be appreciated. I'm thinking about doing this on the weekend. Also, is it possible to BBQ these steaks instead of pan searing and finishing them in the oven?

Thanks in advance.
Board-O: we've actually been toying with the idea of a road trip during the kids' week off in March, but will probably not do it since we are saving our travel $$$ for a possible trip to London or some distant place this summer. But a trip towards your neck of the woods is still on the radar for some time in the (I hope) not too distant future.

Any plans to return here any time soon-ish?
IMHO, I like the filet to be "black 'n' blue" by heating up the grill to about 600 degrees, rub the filets with olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, then sear them on the grill for 2 minutes on each side, let stand on a warm plate for 5 minutes, then serve with bearnaise.

After you get used to the mooing and bleeding, it's the best way to have a filet.

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