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Filet Mignon with Garlic Herb Butter

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Filet Mignon, known for its tenderness and rich flavor, is a perfect dish for a romantic dinner. When paired with a luscious garlic herb butter, it becomes an exquisite dining experience. Here’s a detailed recipe to help you prepare this classic dish.


Ingredients:

For the Filet Mignon:

  • 2 filet mignon steaks (6-8 oz each)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

For the Garlic Herb Butter:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Garlic Herb Butter:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, chives, thyme, and lemon zest.
  2. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the butter mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap, form it into a log, and refrigerate until firm.

2. Prepare the Filet Mignon:

  1. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking to bring them to room temperature. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides.

3. Cook the Filet Mignon:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Heat the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the crushed garlic cloves, rosemary, and thyme sprigs to the skillet. This will infuse the oil with their flavors.
  4. Add the filet mignon steaks to the skillet and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until a golden-brown crust forms.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes for medium-rare, or until the steaks reach your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature: 130°F (54°C) for medium-rare, 140°F (60°C) for medium.
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the steaks to a cutting board. Let them rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.

4. Serve:

  1. Slice the garlic herb butter into medallions.
  2. Place a medallion of the garlic herb butter on top of each filet mignon steak just before serving.
  3. The butter will melt over the hot steaks, creating a rich and flavorful sauce.

5. Optional Accompaniments:

  • Serve with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh green salad for a complete meal.

Conclusion: Filet Mignon with Garlic Herb Butter is a timeless dish that impresses with its simplicity and depth of flavor. This recipe ensures a perfectly cooked steak, complemented by the aromatic and creamy butter. Enjoy this meal with your loved one for a special night in, and savor the flavors and the company. Bon appétit!

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