Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

My husband oftentimes complains that I never cook beef– in particular, steak, which is his favorite. I guess it’s not something I had even noticed until he started pointing it out, and then I started wondering, why? Firstly, it could be that i’m not much of a “beef-eater.” I hate burgers, and I never ate steak growing up. Secondly, a good cut of steak is so expensive, that you might as well just eat out at a nice steak-house. There are so many around here, and whenever we go out to diner, my husband usually gets his “steak fix” so I feel as if I don’t need to cook it. Cheap cuts are just tough and BAD, so I don’t want to cook those. So my thinking, probably like most people, is: “why cook steak at home, when it’s just as expensive as eating out, and it doesn’t even taste as good?”

But then I found this article on restaurant style steak, which made me believe that I could cook a steak at home, that was as good as, if not better, than the steaks found at nice steak houses, and I was excited for the challenge, and for the learning experience. I asked my husband: “I know it’s not a special occasion {the price was still hard to justify for a casual, weeknight dinner}, but can I cook you a filet mignon tonight?” You can imagine what his answer was {and his shock!} ;-) We invited a couple of friends over for dinner, and I went all out with the best ¬†quality filets I could find, some herbed compound butter, broccolette, and roasted reds.

The steaks were spot on perfection just as the article had said they would be! They were seasoned simply with rock salt and freshly ground black pepper, and seared in butter over an extremely high heat in a cast-iron skillet, to get that nice, thick crust, and they were finished off in the oven to the perfect medium-rare! I was SO excited that I, the girl who has never cooked a filet in her life–and thought that cooking one at home wouldn’t be any good–had just made a perfect, juicy, tender, flavorful steak. If I can do this, you can too! So I thought I would pass the recipe along!

Ingredients: {Recipe adapted from whitsamusebouche}

2 8oz filets
Kosher Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 stick butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 Tbsp thyme
1 tsp lemon zest

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 stick softened butter with the crushed garlic, parsley, thyme and lemon zest, then form into a log shape, wrap in cling film, and set in the freezer to harden while you prepare the steaks.

Preheat the oven to 400degF. Generously season the steaks with kosher salt and black pepper on either side. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat, then add the butter and olive oil, and as soon as the butter melts, add the steaks. Sear for 2-3 minutes per side, without moving, until a nice brown crust forms. Baste the steaks with the butter while cooking. Once both sides are seared, place in the preheated oven on the center rack for 8 minutes, or until the temperature on a meat thermometer reaches 135degF, for medium-rare. Let the steaks rest for 1-2 minutes, then add a slice of compound butter on top, and serve with broccolini {or any green veggie} and herb-roasted red potatoes.

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Now I know how to make steaks THIS good, I will definitely be making them more often! No more excuses!

Enjoy guys!
<3 Sarah xoxo