Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
- 1 (5 1/2 lb) filet mignon
- 2 (10 ounce) boxes fresh white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large onion, sliced
- oil or 3 -4 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup sweet vermouth or 1⁄2 cup sherry wine
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- salt & pepper
- 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
- pan dripping (optional)
- We rarely eat beef but when we do for special occasions we enjoy the above for a most tender cut of beef.
- Here is the way our family does it. There are other methods of seasoning and roasting but we are always satisfied with the results this way.
- Try to buy a whole fillet that is already "peeled " ( trimmed of silverskin, fat etc. ) or if you prefer you can buy untrimmed and do it yourself.
- The whole filet has a taped part ( called the tail ) and when you roast, tuck this part under so you can have a more even piece of meat for roasting.
- If the whole filet is too large to fit your roasting pan you may cut the filet in half and roast the two parts in the pan together.
- Make sure the meat comes to room temperature prior to roasting for even roasting which also helps with tenderness.
- Rub oil ( we prefer olive ) over the filet and then rub in seasonings such as salt , pepper, paprika, crushed garlic etc. The Montreal Steak Seasoning is a nice choice ( available in the seasoning or meat sections of supermarkets ) .
- Or other people prefer to coat the filet with Dijon mustard and then roll the filet in finely crushed black or colored peppercorns prior to roasting.
- Both ways are delicious.
- Place the filet on a roasting rack over the roasting pan.
- You can also place the filet over some beef bones in the pan which also act as a rack.
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
- Place the prepared filet on the rack and roast 20 minutes ( for a average 5 lb roast- ). Then decrease the temperature to 350F and roast an additional 20 minutes.
- Remove the filet from the oven and let sit about 15 minutes before slicing.
- This total time factor should produce medium rare. A heavier roast will probably need more roasting time and a smaller roast less time. The sitting times allows for best slicing and lets some of the juices settle etc. If you prefer you can check and rely on a meat thermometer to test so you don't under or over roast the meat..
- Insert thermometer in the thickest part of the roast. Generally 120 to 130 F is rare and 130 to 140 F is medium rare. Remember the meat will continue to cook with "standing time" out of the oven.
- Meanwhile make the mushroom sauce ( this is a natural and not thickened sauce ). In a large skillet over medium high heat cook the onion in some olive oil or butter until softened.
- Add the sliced mushrooms and garlic and continue to cook and stir until the mushrooms have reduced in volume by 1/2 and become tender.
- Add the vermouth, dashes of Worcestershire sauce and Gravy Master ( a browning/ caramelized color for sauces etc. ). Cook and stir another 5 to 10 minutes and then season to taste. If you wish you may add a few tablespoons of the pan drippings or a bit of beef bullion paste ( available in jars ) for a richer flavor.
- The whole recipe really can serve quite a lot depending on how thick or thin you slice the meat. Leftovers reheat well.