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May 13, 2010

Filet Mignon

This recipe can be followed whether the filets are wrapped in bacon or not.  The idea is to sear and brown the outside of the filet, then bake it to get it cooked in the center.
  • beef filets about 2 inches thick
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • other seasoning if desired
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Cover the bottom of a skillet with a little olive oil and heat on medium high heat.  I used my electric skillet for this because it heats more evenly.  Sprinkle the filets with salt and any seasoning you desire to use.  I just used salt.  Place the filets in the skillet.  It should be hot enough that the filets sizzle.  Cook them for 3 minutes, turn them, and cook for another 3 minutes.  They should be nicely browned.

Put the filets in a baking pan.  I used my broiler pan, covered with foil for easy clean up.  Bake the filets in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on how well you like them done.  This, of course, is the tricky part.  I usually tell by the feel, but that’s iffy.  You could use a instant read meat thermometer.  Let them sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

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