beef cuts explained
What Is It?
Indulge in the ultimate steak experience with a USDA Prime Filet Mignon from Milam’s Market butcher counter! This cut is unparalleled in tenderness, making it a true delicacy for meat enthusiasts. Known also as a Tenderloin Steak, the Filet Mignon is derived from the area beneath the backbone. It is within this region that you’ll find some of the most tender beef cuts, including the renowned Porterhouse and T-bone steaks. The tenderloin itself is a muscle that extends between the Sirloin and the Loin. Due to its minimal exercise and limited stress, this muscle produces an exceptionally tender piece of meat.
Filet Mignon holds an esteemed position as the most coveted cut that is universally loved. Instead of strong beefy flavors, it boasts a buttery taste. If you’re going to treat yourself, ensure that you choose a steak bearing the USDA Prime label. USDA Prime represents the highest grade bestowed upon American cattle due to its abundance of delicate marbling. Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable experience as you savor the buttery and succulent taste of a Prime Filet Mignon. Thanks to its lack of connective tissues, the texture is incredibly smooth.
how to prepare:
Crafting a delicious meal centered around Filet Mignon doesn’t require complexity. In fact, all you need is a simple salt rub to enhance the flavor of this high-quality steak. However, if you wish to elevate your experience, consider incorporating garlic and butter using the following straightforward recipe:
- Allow the steak to reach room temperature, which typically takes around 30 minutes.
- Generously season the steak with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or grill pan over high heat. The surface should be extremely hot to achieve the perfect sear. Cast iron is the preferred choice.
- Place the Filet Mignon onto the hot skillet or grill pan. Allow it to sear for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side, or until a deep golden crust forms. This step seals in the flavors and creates a delicious, caramelized exterior.
- Reduce the heat to medium or transfer the steak to a preheated oven set to 400°F (200°C). Cook the steak for an additional 4-6 minutes to achieve a medium-rare doneness. Adjust the cooking time to suit your desired level of doneness.
- During the final minutes of cooking, add a knob of butter, crushed garlic cloves, and fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary to the pan. Baste the steak with the melted butter using a spoon, allowing the flavors to infuse into the meat.
- Once the steak is cooked to your desired level of doneness, remove it from the heat and let it rest on a cutting board for 5-10 minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more succulent steak.
how to pair:
To complement the tender flavors of the Filet Mignon, pair it with a round and soft Bordeaux wine. This choice offers tannins and a balanced acidity that harmonize with the steak’s delicate profile. Its nuanced character enhances the overall dining experience without overpowering the dish.
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary culinary adventure as you savor the sublime tenderness and exquisite flavors of a USDA Prime Filet Mignon. Elevate your dining experience with this classic cut and create a meal to remember.