Festive Filet Mignon


Just in time for the holidays, we’re sharing a vintage recipe for filet mignon. An indulgence? Of course. Filet mignon is such a high quality cut of meat that it really doesn’t need much in the way of preparation or fussy cooking techniques.

Today, all we’re doing is giving this tenderloin a simple dry rub and roasting it in the oven. Seriously, it’s as simple as that.  Cascabel peppers have a rich flavor and mild heat (with the seeds removed) that stands up well to beef and blends well with high quality cocoa powder for a surprisingly complex, warm dry rub.

WIN_20150104_164814Ingredients (Serves 6)

2 pounds beef tenderloin

4 dried Cascabel peppers, stems and seeds removed (I bought these at Penzeys)

1 heaping tablespoon good quality cocoa

1/2 teaspoon salt


Step 1) Grind Cascabel peppers into a fine powder in a small blender or clean coffee grinder. Add cocoa and salt. Mix with fingers.
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Step 2) Rub pepper and cocoa mixture all over both sides of the beef tenderloin. Place tenderloin in a pan lined with a roasting rack and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

WIN_20150101_173802Step 3) Roast tenderloin in a preheated, 425 degree oven for 35 – 45 minutes until a meat thermometer registers 145 degrees (for medium-rare) or 160 degrees (for medium, my personal preference).  When desired meat temperature is reached, remove from oven and cover meat loosely with aluminum foil for 5 minutes.  Allowing the meat to rest prevents juices from running everywhere when you slice the tenderloin!

Step 4) After 5 minutes, cut tenderloin across the grain into  1 1/2 inch thick slices. Serve immediately with a green salad and the starch (potatoes, yams, or perhaps squash) of your choice.

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