Steak Au Poivre (Peppered Filet Mignon)

When it comes to steak, Filet Mignon is king. And when it comes to preparation, I am all about cooktop seared, oven finished Steak au Poivre!
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Don’t Be Intimidated by The French

“Steak au Poivre” is simply a steak seasoned generously with ground peppercorns and sea salt. It’s actually very easy to make, so don’t let the French make you think otherwise. Fancy doesn’t have to be hard or require any special skill.

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Let’s Talk Steak:

Filet Mignon is the most tender cut of beef there is. So, a simple seasoning of ground peppercorns and sea salt is all that’s needed to add superb flavor. But if you want to enhance this recipe a little more, I offer the option to top with garlic chive butter!

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Tips for Cooking the Perfect Filet!

  1. Allow filets to rest on the counter for 30-60 minutes so they can come to room temperature
  2. Allow the pan to heat for several minutes so that it is very hot when steaks are placed. You should hear the pssshhhhhh sound when that meat hits the pan!
  3. Sear on the cooktop then finish in the oven to perfection! I will give you the timing for perfect ‘done-ness’ in the recipe below.
  4. Allow to rest for five minutes once removed from the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute.

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The Pan I Use:

I use either a cast iron grill pan or my Anolon Tri-Ply Clad 12” Deep Ground Grill Pan. Both generate enough heat to create that caramelized finish you see in the photos below and both are safe non toxic options!

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The Recipe: Steak Au Poivre ~ Peppered Filet Mignon

Tips and what you need: a cast iron grill pan or Anolon Tri-Ply Clad 12” Deep Ground Grill Pan. I love Maldon Sea Salt and buy the tub to save money, You will need either a rolling pin or a coffee grinder (nothing fancy and totally cheap) to grind pepper corns.

5 from 14 votes
Steak Au Poivre~ Peppered Filet Mignon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Tender, flavorful filet mignon seared on the cooktop and finished in the oven to perfection!

Course: dinner
Keyword: beef, filt mignon, keto, Paleo, steak, whole30
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns (ground in coffee grinder or crushed with rolling pin until some are roughly ground and others are finely ground)
  • 2 6-8 ounce filet mignon steaks
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Optional for Chive Butter Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soft butter (or ghee)
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. If possible, remove steaks from fridge 30-60 minutes before cooking and allow to come to room temp. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425 degrees and place oven rack in center position.

  2. Grind peppercorns in a coffee grinder (or use a rolling pin to grind them) until you have some finely ground and some partially ground peppercorns. Place pepper on plate in a thin layer. Press filets into pepper, turnover and press other side. If you love pepper, don’t be afraid to use a lot. If you are not a huge pepper fan, still use more than you ordinarily would. These are thick cut steaks and you will lose some pepper during cooking.

  3. Sprinkle filets with sea salt, to taste.

  4. Heat an oven safe pan on cook top on high heat for 4 minutes. (To sear the steak the pan needs to be really hot. When you place the steak on the pan, you should hear the pppsssshhhh sound.) 

  5. When pan is hot, pour a good layer of olive oil into pan. Lower heat to medium high. Add steaks to pan and sear for 5 minutes on first side. Using tongs, gently turn steak over, sear for one minute. Then put pan in preheated oven.

How to get the right 'done-ness'
  1. Let steaks cook in oven for 5 minutes for rare, 7 minutes for medium rare, or 8-9 minutes for medium. (note: this is a general guideline. Every oven cooks differently, altitude matters as does what kind of pan you use. Your time may vary, but once you figure out what works in your oven, you'll have it mastered!)

  2. (optional) While steaks are in oven, make chive butter sauce by using a fork to mash butter (or ghee) with garlic and chives

  3. When steaks are ready, remove from oven, plate and top with chive butter sauce. Let rest for 5 minutes to redistribute juices. (note: steaks continue to cook while resting, so trust the process and try not to cut into steak to check 'doneness'. Serve!

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Perfect Cooktop Filet Mignon!

Hello friends, I have a fabulous recipe for you today : Perfect Cooktop Filet Mignon!

National Cooking Day: A Celebration of Home Cooking!

I developed this recipe for www.PotsandPans.com to celebrate National Cooking Day. The National Cooking Day celebration was established to honor and commemorate the joys of home cooking. You know I am a big fan of home cooking as just one way to nourish ourselves and our family. When you make food yourself, you know exactly what goes in it. In this case it’s very simple: Grass fed Beef, Sea Salt, Pepper, Butter and Chives!

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Why Make Filet Mignon on the Cooktop?

In my humble opinion the best way to get steak exactly how you want it is by searing it on the cooktop in a grill pan and then finishing in the oven. I used a  Anolon Tri-Ply Clad 12” Deep Ground Grill Pan.

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Notice how searing in a grill pan creates a perfectly crispy exterior while the oven finish crates a perfectly done, tender interior…

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Finish in The Oven:

After searing on the cooktop place the grill pan in the oven to finish to your liking…rare, medium rare, medium…you call the shots.

Get The Recipe!

Get the full recipe and timing instructions for The Perfect Cooktop Filet Mignon here.

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Grilled Skirt Steak and Veggies with Guacamole

Seriously…the platter dinners just keep coming. I can’t help myself. Do you blame me? Look at this amazing dinner! This is my newest platter meal, The grass fed Grilled Skirt Steak and Veggies with Guacamole. (This post contains affiliate links. I may make a commission off sales but your price remains the same.)

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YOU MAY BE WONDERING “WHY GRASS FED?”

I know beef companies proudly tout “corn fed” like it’s a good thing, but it’s not. Corn is not a cow’s natural food, grass is. Corn and other grains make cows sick and when they get sick they are pumped with antibiotics, which are passed right along to you. In fact, conventional grain-fed beef is twice as likely to contain dangerous bacteria resistant to antibiotics than grass fed beef. No bueno.

Grass fed cows make superior meat too. Yep, it tastes better and is better for you. The meat from grass fed cows is higher in the healthy omega 3 fats and lower in the inflammation causing omega 6 fats. And it’s nice to know these cows live a better life than those that live in overcrowded feedlots.

ButcherBox delivers grass fed beef right to your doorstep!

The Low Down on Skirt Steak

Skirt steak is a cut of beef that begs to be marinated. For this recipe I use a simple combination of olive oil, lime juice and garlic. This marinade also works well for flank steak. Skirt steak and flank steak look similar but are actually different cuts of beef. Both have an intense beefy flavor and a strong ‘grain’ so they aren’t a super tender cut of beef...which is why they are so affordable! But there are a couple of things you can do to make sure this steak is as tender as possible: skirt steak should be cooked medium rare and very thinly sliced against the grain for maximum tenderness.

How do I Cut Against the Grain?

I want to point this out because I will get back to it later in the post. You can see quite clearly in the photo below the way the muscle fibers in this skirt steak are running (basically from the top of the photo toward the bottom). Ideally, after the meat is cooked you want to cut on a diagonal against the grain and cut very thin slices. This is the best way to ensure this steak is as tender as possible. We will come back to this, I promise.

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But Let’s Talk Veggies for a Minute

The sides for our skirt steak are seared veggies and my Chunky Guacamole. I am using spring onions, zucchini, corn cut off the cob (omit if living grain free!), asparagus and cherry tomatoes. I also cooked up a batch of my Roasted Mexican Potatoes! Totally optional but a great grain free side dish!

Using a simple marinade, this grilled skirt steak with seared veggies and guacamole will become a favorite family dinner. It's easy enough for a weeknight meal, but pretty enough for company!

When searing vegetables it’s important to start cooking the vegetables that take a little longer first, adding the ones that require less time as you go. It’s also important to have a really hot pan! Having a hot pan keeps the vegetables from getting too soft and browns the edges nicely.

Using a simple marinade, this grilled skirt steak with seared veggies and guacamole will become a favorite family dinner. It's easy enough for a weeknight meal, but pretty enough for company!

Now, Notice How I cut the Meat…

Yeah…exactly… I blew it! After totally wanting to stress how we cut against the grain, I cut the steak on the right WITH the grain! I thought about reshooting but decided it was actually a great way to show you what not to do! So, notice the striations on the cut of beef on the left and notice how I cut on the diagonal against the grain (like I am supposed to), then notice how I cut the steak on the right with the grain. The steak on the left was more tender because I cut it correctly. Now you know: slice thin cuts, AGAINST THE GRAIN. 

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The Recipe: Grilled Skirt Steak and Veggies with Guacamole

Tips and what you will need: I use a large cast iron pan for searing vegetables. I grilled these steaks on my BBQ but you can also cook them indoors on a grilling pan. You always need a good knife (my favorite). I love Maldons Flaked Sea Salt and buy the tub to save money. Click to find my recipe for Chunky Guacamole and Roasted Mexican Potatoes. You can find my marble and wood serving board here. To make Whole 30 or Paleo compliant omit corn.

5 from 11 votes
Skirt Steak and Grilled Veggies with Guacamole
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
 

A delicious and quick gluten, grain and dairy free meal. Meat needs to marinate so allow time for that. You will cook meat and vegetables simultaneously, but start with veggies since they take a little longer.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: date night, easy dinner recipe, grilling recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • Prepare guacamole ahead. If you are making potatoes start them 40 minutes before meat. links above
For Steak:
  • 1 lb skirt steak
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • pepper
For veggies:
  • olive oil
  • 6 green onions, greens trimmed (leave three inches of greens above white onion)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 small bunch asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cob off corn corn removed (use sharp knife to 'shave' kernels off cob, omit corn if living grain free)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Guacamole: see link above for recipe
Instructions
Steak Prep:
  1. Combine lime juice, olive oil and garlic in a glass baking dish. Whisk.
  2. Add skirt steak to marinade, turning to coat both sides. Place covered, in fridge for at least three hours.
  3. When you are ready to cook steak preheat grill to 400 degrees and prepare vegetables. Discard marinade and sprinkle steaks with sea salt and pepper. Set aside while you start searing veggies.
For veggies:
  1. Heat a cast iron pan on high heat. When pan is hot add olive oil, coating the bottom of pan. When pan and oil are hot add onions and sear for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add diced zucchini, cut asparagus and corn to pan. (This is when you want to add steaks to grill since they only take 4-6 minutes) Stir and continue cooking till edges of vegetables turn brown, lightly salt and pepper. Turn off heat. Add cherry tomatoes and stir.
Grill instructions: Grill steaks on BBQ at 400 degrees, 3 minutes per side. Or use a grill pan (link above):
  1. Pan Instructions: heat olive oil in pan on high heat, when pan and oil are hot place steak on pan. Grill 3-4 minutes per side. Remove and slice against the grain (see more detail in blog post) Serve with grilled veggies, guacamole and my roasted Mexican potatoes if desired.

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Post tags: Gluten free, grain free, dairy free

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Shallots and Baby Carrots

I love a good grass fed chuck roast cooked in a slow cooker with carrots, shallots and Herbs de Provence. This has become a Sunday favorite because I can prep the meal in the morning, come home from church, take a Sunday nap and wake up to a cooked dinner!
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All Baby Carrots are Not Created Equal

I like to make this recipe with real baby carrots. Don’t fall for those fake baby carrots at the grocery store that look like a stumpy thumb. Those are actually full size carrots that are deemed unfit to sell as is. So they are placed in a tumbler and ground down to those little stubs and then falsely labeled ‘baby’ carrots.

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Real baby carrots are just that! Young carrots, pulled from the soil while still tender. If you can’t find real baby carrots use regular carrots. 

This slow cooker roast with vegetables is a family favorite Sunday dinner. It's an entire dinner in one crock pot. The meat is SO tender and delicious! This is a must-make!

YOU MAY BE WONDERING “WHY GRASS FED?”

I know beef companies proudly tout “corn fed” like it’s a good thing, but it’s not. Corn is not a cow’s natural food, grass is. Corn and other grains make cows sick and when they get sick they are pumped with antibiotics, which are passed right along to you. In fact, conventional grain-fed beef is twice as likely to contain dangerous bacteria resistant to antibiotics than grass fed beef. No bueno.

Grass fed cows make superior meat too. Yep, it tastes better and is better for you. The meat from grass fed cows is higher in the healthy omega 3 fats and lower in the inflammation causing omega 6 fats. And it’s nice to know these cows live a better life than those that live in overcrowded feedlots.

ButcherBox delivers grass fed beef right to your doorstep!

How to:

I generously season the roast with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and Herbs de Provence (a combination of savory, thyme, rosemary, fennel and lavender.)

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I brown my roast in a cast iron pan (like this) before placing it in the crock pot.

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Just place the roast in the crock pot (affiliate link), toss in the carrots, shallots, seasonings and broth and a few hours later you have a delicious meal!

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The Recipe: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Shallots and Baby Carrots

You will need: sea salt (I use this one), Herbs de Provencecoconut oil,cast iron pan and a slow cooker. Of course homemade broth is always an option! (affiliate links)
Variation: Leave out baby carrots and make roasted carrots instead, or these roasted root veggies!

4.88 from 8 votes
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Shallots and Baby Carrots
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins
 
A beautiful savory roast. If crock pot carrots aren't your jam, leave them out and roast carrots in oven separately. Links above.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, easy dinner recipe, slow cooker recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1- 3 lb Chuck Roast
  • 14 baby carrots, peeled (or five large carrots cut into thirds)
  • 8 shallots, peeled
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • butter, ghee or coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Generously season roast with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and herbs de Provence. 

  2. Heat a cast iron pan on med/high heat. When pan is hot add enough butter, ghee or coconut oil to lightly coat the bottom on the pan.

  3. Place roast in pan and brown the first side, turn over and brown the second side (usually about 4-5 minutes a side) then place meat in slow cooker, add broth and wine. 

  4. Add shallots and carrots to crock pot, sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and herbs de Provence. Place lid on crock pot and cook either 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Carve beef against the grain and serve.

If you would like to add greens to this meal check out this salad,  or these green beans. And use your leftovers in this Beef Barley Soup!

This slow cooker roast with vegetables is a family favorite Sunday dinner. It's an entire dinner in one crock pot. The meat is SO tender and delicious! This is a must-make!

 

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