Perfect Filet Mignon for Two
2 (5 oz) Center Cut Angus Filet Mignon steaks from Rare Cuts
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
Let the steaks rest on the counter to come up to room temperature at least 30 minutes before ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray the steak lightly all over with olive oil, then season both side generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
When the oven is ready, heat the skillet over high heat until the pan is very hot. When hot, add the steaks and cook, without moving for 2 minutes. Turn over and cook an additional 1-1/5 to 2 minutes. Place the steaks in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes, then check them with the meat thermometer inserted into the side of the steak. Remove when the steaks read 125° F for Medium Rare, or 130° F for medium. Let them rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven).
Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
8 medium russet potatoes (about 4 pounds)
1 head peeled garlic cloves (about 15)
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
Peel potatoes and quarter lengthwise; cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick. In a 5-quart saucepan, combine potatoes and garlic cloves; cover with water (about 8 cups) by 1 inch. Add 1 tablespoon salt.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes.
Drain; return garlic and potatoes to pan. Stir over medium-high heat until dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a small saucepan, bring milk to a boil; pour over potatoes. Add butter and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mash until smooth and creamy.
Roasted Balsamic Asparagus
1 pound fresh asparagus (12 to 14 medium), trimmed and peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 500°F.
In a large shallow baking pan toss asparagus with oil and salt and pepper to taste until coated well. Roast asparagus, shaking pan every 2 minutes, until tender and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and drizzle vinegar over asparagus, shaking pan to combine well.
If you would like to add a little more Rich Flavor to the Filets this sauce goes wonderful Lightly Drizzled over the Steaks just Prior to Serving.
Merlot Sauce for Filet
1 750-ml bottle Merlot
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups beef or veal stock
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 6-ounce filet mignon steaks (each about 1 inch thick)
Freshly cracked pepper
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Boil wine, chicken broth and beef broth in heavy large saucepan over high heat until mixture is reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and cracked pepper. Sauté steaks until medium-rare, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate. Add Butter and flour and cook scraping pan continuously, until a light roux is achieved, about 4 minutes. Add shallots, garlic and thyme to skillet; stir 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups reduced wine mixture to skillet (reserve remainder for another use). Bring mixture to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add butter mixture and whisk until smooth. Boil sauce until thick enough to coat spoon, about 2 minutes. Serve steaks with sauce.