Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon

Published March 1, 2006.

Why this recipe works:

For a pepper-crusted filet mignon recipe with a crust that wouldn’t overwhelm the meat, we mellowed the peppercorns' heat by gently simmering them in olive oil. We then used a two-step process to create a well-browned and attractive pepper crust: First, we rubbed the raw steaks with a paste of… read more

For a pepper-crusted filet mignon recipe with a crust that wouldn’t overwhelm the meat, we mellowed the peppercorns' heat by gently simmering them in olive oil. We then used a two-step process to create a well-browned and attractive pepper crust: First, we rubbed the raw steaks with a paste of the cooked cracked peppercorns, salt, and oil; then we pressed the paste into each steak using a sheet of plastic wrap. The paste not only added flavor to the meat but also drew out the meat's own beefy flavor.

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Serves 4

While heating the peppercorns in oil tempers much of their pungent heat, this recipe is still pretty spicy. If you prefer a very mild pepper flavor, drain the cooled peppercorns in a fine-mesh strainer in step 1, toss them with 5 tablespoons of fresh oil, add the salt, and proceed. Serve with either Port Cherry Reduction or Blue Cheese Chive Butter.

Ingredients

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