Are you looking for the PERFECT steak? I found it...and I thought I had posted this recipe a long time ago but I guess I just "pinned" it! (Thank goodness for Pinterest...again! This was my 1st pin!)
I always grilled our steaks and I would have sworn up and down it was the BEST way to cook a perfect steak.
I was wrong. (Not the first time!)
The "Pin" led me to this site. Amuse Bouche. Just in case this site disappears, here is a recap!
(I only use garlic, lemon, salt and pepper in my compound butter...I just zap the butter for about 30 seconds, mix in my seasoning and then stick it in the fridge to harden up a bit. As always, I tried the recipe and then tweeked it to my taste! I have used this method on ribeye steaks and it is just as good...just don't cook the steaks as long in the oven if they are thinner than filets! Also, I always let my steaks get to room temperature before cooking.)
Restaurant Style Filet Mignon
- filet mignon - 2, 8 ounce filets
- kosher salt - 4 teaspoons
- freshly cracked pepper - 4 teaspoons
- butter - 1 stick
- olive oil - 1 tablespoon
- garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- parsley - 1 tablespoon, chopped
- thyme - 1 tablespoon, chopped
- lemon zest - 1 teaspoon
DISCLAIMER: The reason this dish is so amazing is due mostly in part to having the very best, most fresh ingredients possible. That means high grade salt, it means pepper ground right in front of you by a pepper mill. It means fresh herbs and it means REAL BUTTER. The good news is that these are all things you should already have in your house. Take 1/2 stick of butter, softened, and mix well with the peeled, chopped garlic, the chopped herbs, and the lemon zest. Form into a log and refrigerate. Generously season the filet's with salt and pepper, approximately 1 teaspoon of seasoning per side. Heat the remainder of the butter (1/2 stick) and the olive oil in a cast iron skillet to a screaming hot temperature. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Sear the filets in a screaming hot pan for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until a nice brown crust has formed. While the steak is searing, continue to spoon the residual butter in the pan on top of the meat while it's cooking. Once both sides are seared, place in the center of the oven for about 6-8 minutes, depending upon how thick your steak is. In the last minute of cooking, take the log of compound butter and slice a nice thick piece to place on top. Your steak will be ready when it is approximately 135 degrees in the center, or when you push lightly on the top center of the steak and it gently and slowly bounces back. (Note, this is medium rare kids. Some people don't like to eat cows while they are mooing, so clearly you can cook longer if your afraid of the pink.)
There you have it...the PERFECT steak!
I'm sure the men in your life are growling at you and telling you how WRONG I am.
Trust me...they know not of what they speak!
BTW, if you don't have an iron skillet, you can pick up wonderfully seasoned iron skillets at just about any flea market and Amazon carries "pre-seasoned" skillets! Definitely worth the money if you don't have one!