Recipe

Petits Filets With Blue Cheese Gla«age

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled, preferably Maytag Blue
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 3/4 pound haricots verts (thin green beans), blanched in boiling salted water for 4 minutes, drained, and rinsed in cool water
  • 8 filet mignons (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons Creole Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400?F.
  • Put the cheese, buttermilk, 1/8 teaspoon of the black pepper, the Worcestershire, and hot sauce in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size skillet, fry the bacon until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set the bacon aside for another use. Drain off most of the bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the skillet. Add the onions, season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the haricots verts and toss to mix. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  • Season the filets with the Creole seasoning. Heat the vegetable oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the filets and sear for about 4 minutes on each side. Spread 1 tablespoon of the blue cheese mixture on top of each filet and put in the oven. Roast for 8 minutes for medium-rare (130? to 140?F), 10 minutes for medium (145? to 150?F), or 12 minutes for well-done (155? to 160?F).
  • To serve, divide the haricots verts into 8 equal portions and arrange in the center of eight serving plates. Place the filets on top of the beans, spoon the pan juices over, and garnish with the parsley.