Not everyone can afford to eat steak every night, especially Fillet Mignon. And since a nice cut of Fillet averages $23 per pound, most people rarely eat it at all!
So, what if I told you that you can get about 6 pounds of an equally good cut of beef; and if cooked properly, no one would be able to tell the difference?
All you really need is a Beef Tenderloin! They average about $2.75 – $3.75 per pound and are highly under rated!
For $13 I was able to cook 7 of these 7oz “Fillet Clones.” The whole tenderloin cost $26 (after coupon), So I cut it in half to save the remainder for a curry dish later! Still an awesome yield!
I made an amazing chipotle sauce to finish the “Faux Fillet.” A true Fillet is prepared by basting it in a pan with butter or animal fat (bacon). So, to simulate this I made a honey butter based chipotle sauce for basting on the grill. Lets get to it…
The Chipotle Sauce
Chipotle oil or chipotle pepper powder
Cut your beautiful Tenderloin into 1.5 – 1.75″ cuts or roughly 7oz steaks.
Dust the Beef on one side with salt. Preheat the Grill to 435 degrees.
Once the grill is heated, sear the beef on both sides for 3 minutes each, and bring to the top shelf. Turn the burners on low and spoon some baste onto the top of the Faux Fillets (don’t make a mess). Close the lid for 4 minutes, flip and repeat. Do this process 2 more times with a baste time of 3 minutes for the last two steps.
Raise the heat to high and immediately sear the beef for 2 minutes each side (again). Remove, and let rest for 5 minutes covered.
Put on you ascot and enjoy with a cheap beer.