It's National Filet Mignon Day and the deals are here. Filet Mignon is one of the world's most popular steaks. Known for its tenderness, filet mignon is cut or filleted from the tenderloin. The French word "mignon" means dainty and pleasing. Filet mignon is a dainty, tender cut of steak and fans celebrate it worldwide. It comes as no surprise that there is a day set aside to commemorate this choice beef cut with recipes, deals and how to tips for preparation. If you've never had filet mignon there is no better time to indulge than now.According to Better Homes and Gardens filet mignon derives its tenderness from where the cut is located on the animal.
"A filet mignon is cut from the tenderloin, which lies in the middle of the animal's back. Because the muscles in this area are not overly exerted, their tendons do not toughen -- and that's why a tenderloin is so tender."Better Homes and Gardens provides tips on choosing a cut, grilling filet mignon and has a guide for choosing the best butter to match the flavors of your filet mignon.
"Strictly speaking, filet mignon comes from the tail end (the smaller end) of the tenderloin; it is generally only 1 to 2 inches in diameter. However, you can use beef filet mignon and beef tenderloin steaks (cut from other parts of the tenderloin) interchangeably. Both are usually cut 1 to 2 inches thick, though beef tenderloin steaks tend to be larger in diameter (2 to 3 inches)."
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a thorough explanation about grades of beef. Select beef is the top choice for filet mignon. When choosing select beef, you're getting meat from an animal between the ages of 18 and 30 months. When you choose select beef, you can make certain the animal was young. The older the animal, the tougher the meat will be. The meat must come from young animals to ensure the tendons are soft. In order to have premium filet mignon choose top grade beef.
The USDA also provides a downloadable booklet that discusses meat and agriculture. The book is older, but still contains information that is relevant today.
As filet mignon is determined by the cut, some choose to cut their own meat and make their own filet mignon from scratch. You can also ask a butcher to cut meat into filet mignon.While some like to get their hands dirty in the kitchen, many cooks have no problem buying filet mignon in its cut state then cooking it to perfection. There are many recipes for those who want to cook the perfect filet mignon. Here are some top recipes and how to videos that will have you enjoying filet mignon in no time at all.
Filet Mignon Recipes
First is the Martha Stewart summer grilling cookbook available in PDF from Sirius radio. Wait for the cookbook to download then enjoy these recipes from cooking expert Martha Stewart.
- Grilled filet mignon with farro and fresh vegetable salad
- Filet mignon on brioche toast with mushroom butter
- Chef from the hood recipes
- Filet mignon with aged Vermont cheddar cheese and port-wine gazed pearl onions
- Mexican style filet mignon fiesta
- Filet mignon with blue cheese crust
- Filet mignon with blackberry port wine sauce
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