Filet Mignon With Bell Pepper Haystack and Fresh Guacamole

Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

"A good cut of beef -- filet, rib eye, or New York strip -- cooked pink, served with sauteed red and yellow bell peppers in a mound, on a plate with a classic beurre blanc sauce, and the option of eating it with fresh guacamole and corn chips. French meets fresh Latin food."

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Stir the avocado, roma tomatoes, minced shallot, jalapeno pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Chill in refrigerator to allow flavors to meld.
  3. Place the chicken stock in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer the stock until reduced to about 1/2 cup.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup corn oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook the red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper in the hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Stir the mushrooms into the peppers; season with the coriander seeds, sea salt, and black pepper.
  6. Add the reduced chicken stock and the water; cook and stir until the moisture has been absorbed, another 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a plate lined with paper towels to allow the grease to drain.
  8. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir the sliced shallots in the hot oil until softened, about 3 minutes.
  9. Stir in the crushed garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
  10. Pour 3 1/2 cups water over the mixture and bring to a boil; cook at a boil until the liquid reduces to 1 cup.
  11. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and return the strained liquid to the saucepan, keeping it over medium heat.
  12. Add the white wine vinegar and return to a boil; continue cooking at a boil until the liquid reduced to about 1/4 cup.
  13. Quickly whisk in the chilled butter until just melted, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and keep warm while you prepare the steaks.
  14. Place a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and allow get hot.
  15. Heat the oil in the skillet.
  16. Cook the steaks in the hot oil until they start to firm, and are reddish-pink and juicy in the center, about 5 minutes per side.
  17. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C).
  18. Cover the meat with two layers of aluminum foil and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes.
  19. Place a mound of the bell pepper mixture into the center of each serving plate.
  20. Slice the rested steaks in half and place atop each mound.
  21. Spoon a few spoonfuls of the butter mixture onto the plate to surround the stack.
  22. Serve with the chilled guacamole and corn chips.