Filet Mignon with Porcini Mushroom Compound Butter

by heidi on March 26, 2014

I bet it started in the ‘50s. Maybe the ‘40s even. Of course I could be wrong, but it seems to me a perfect timeline fit. Back when sips of bourbon-and-bitters-based Manhattans and nibbles of caviar topped deviled eggs started the meal and Baked Alaska ended it and The Joy of Cooking lived in every good housewife’s kitchen cupboard.

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

Somewhere along the food heritage line, steak became the poster child for decadent dinners. And there’s no steak  seemingly more decadent than the petite filet mignon.

Maybe it’s how it’s spelled with that sneaky, silent ‘g’ that shows off it’s Frenchie, linguistic ways. Maybe it’s because when you say “filet mignon” it simply rolls off the tongue and you sound so upscale. “Minnnnn-yon.”

Or maybe it’s because it’s such a dang expensive cut of meat. Because doesn’t expensive mean it’s the best? Maybe if you’re a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, but when it comes to especially flavorful food, hardly ever.

As things will happen over time, the filet mignon went from rock star status to a C-list contender on Dancing With the Stars, even getting lambasted by some of America’s top chefs. No flavor because it’s so low in fat. Overrated after becoming overexposed on nearly every American menu for years. And far too often, way overcooked for such a lean meat. Why oh why do people cook their meat well done?

But when this tender filet is cooked just right at a medium rare temperature, and a pat of fat is added to the ingredient list, suddenly we have a whole new ball game.

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

My husband is the king of cooking steak. I say cooking steak, not necessarily grilling steak. Grilled steaks are great, but steaks cooked on the stove and finished in the oven are world’s apart better.

Butter is the secret to this tender and flavorful combo. You could flavor your butter with herbs, onions or garlic, but our favorite is mushrooms. Because steak and mushrooms means true love.

And when the butter melds with the pan-grilled meat, suddenly you have a succulent sauce all of its own, and for very minimal cooking effort.

The only hard part about this recipe is resisting the urge to put 4-5 more pats of porcini butter on the lean steak. But then again, why deny yourself?

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

About the recipe:

Because it’s a part of the cow that doesn’t do any work, like walking or moving, filet mignon doesn’t have the same amount of connective tissue that other cuts of beef have, resulting in a more tender bite. But on the flip side that means it doesn’t have any fat so doesn’t possess the marbling other cuts have, so it has less flavor. This cut should ALWAYS be cooked medium rare. Remember, the cooking time will continue once you pull it from the oven, so pull it at about 135-140°F to ensure a proper internal temp once it’s rested.

To add flavor, you can wrap a piece of bacon around the outside of the beef and tack with a toothpick while cooking. But I think that usually ends up in just a stringy piece of bacon on the outside. I prefer just the compound butter. And always be generous with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper as much of it will flake off during cooking.

Adding herbs and garlic cloves while cooking the steak after searing adds a huge amount of flavor. Hearty rosemary would be pretty tasty substitution for my favorite thyme. But avoid more tender leaves like basil or tarragon that will disappear in the searing heat.

Cast iron skillets are the way to go with a steak like this. The heat gives a great sear and creates a terrific crust and browns the butter perfectly for drizzling.

We use this cooking technique for all of our steaks, not just the fancy cut of filet.

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

Yield: serves 2

Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

Ingredients

2 1 1/2” thick Filet Mignon steaks, about 5-6 ounces each, at room temperature
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
10 sprigs fresh thyme
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
Porcini butter, recipe below

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. Season the steaks generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Season more than you think you’ll need as much of it comes off during the cooking process.
  3. Heat a cast iron pan on the stovetop over high heat. Melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the steaks and cook each side of the steaks including the top, bottom and sides for about 4 minutes on each side or until browned.
  4. Remove from heat and add the garlic slices and thyme and cook in the oven until the internal temperature reaches 140-145 degrees F for medium rare.
  5. Meanwhile, remove the Porcini Butter Compound from the refrigerator and slice into ½ inch pats.
  6. Remove from the oven, spoon cooked juices over the steak and serve with a pat of Porcini butter over the Filets and garlic. Garnish with more fresh thyme if desired.
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Porcini Compound Butter

Porcini Compound Butter

Ingredients

1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place about 10 whole porcini mushrooms in small bowl. Cover with enough boiling water just to top mushrooms. Cover and set aside 5-10 minutes or until mushrooms have reconstituted and are soft. Drain mushrooms (save mushroom water for soups or gravy), squeeze out excess water. Thinly slice mushrooms and set aside.
  2. Place remaining porcini mushrooms in clean coffee grinder and grind to fine powder to make 2 tablespoons.
  3. Place butter in food processor fitted with metal blade. Add 2 tablespoons porcini powder, half of sliced porcini mushrooms, and salt to butter. Blend until well mixed and butter is smooth.
  4. Using rubber spatula, scrape butter onto sheet of plastic wrap. Roll into log shape. Place reserved porcini slices on top of butter and wrap tightly. Twist ends of plastic closed. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until just firm enough to slice.
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Filet Mignon with Porcini Compound Butter

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This recipe was created in partnership with Go Bold With Butter where I am a paid contributor to their website. Get my Filet Mignon with Porcini Butter recipe and see the rest of my Go Bold with Butter recipes here. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. 

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit March 26, 2014 at 1:50 am

Even with all the bad press the filet has copped, I still always secretly loved it! And this looks like heaven. Perfect date night fodder.

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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg March 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

I beg to differ with the bad press, I think filet done right is awesome. This filet looks awesome and adding porcini butter? That’s send you to the moon stuff right there. Yum!

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heidi March 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

Yep, the poor filet has a bad rep, maybe we can right the ship with more yummy recipes.

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 26, 2014 at 7:03 am

Oh my gosh I am craving steak now! This steak looks awesome!

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife March 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

I have such fond memories of my grandma cooking filet for my grandpa’s bday. I always wondered her secret…until I walked in on her making it and saw a GIANT pat of butter on top. Now PORCINI butter? That is one twist that has to be irresistible (and I have a feeling gma would approve too ;-) )

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heidi March 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

Your grandma totally had the right idea. The butter adds so much flavor, and then with the garlic and herbs, it’s a win win all the way around.

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments March 26, 2014 at 7:34 am

Steak…it’s been far too long since I’ve savored you. This looks mighty yum!
It’s a good thing I have a father-in-law for a butcher. He hooks us up at all the right times.
Have a beautiful Wednesday!

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heidi March 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

Oh how I wish I had a butcher in the family. That would be seriously incredible.

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain March 26, 2014 at 7:46 am

This steak definitely speaks to my soul! Simply gorgeous, Heidi!

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Kathy @ Olives & Garlic March 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

Ohhh, caviar topped devilled eggs. Drool. This steak, double drool. Heidi I think you’re the only one that can take a photo of a steak and make it look so good. Is it wrong that I want to lick the screen. :)

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heidi March 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

Licking the screen is totally acceptable in many cultures. :) Go for it! And thanks!

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Christine from Cook the Story March 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

The filet is awesome and that porcini butter is drool-worthy!

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Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

That is one nice looking piece of steak and the porcini butter is a great idea!

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heidi March 26, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thanks Kevin, I think the butter would be great on just about anything. Maybe even ice cream, it’s that good. :)

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 26, 2014 at 8:03 am

That is seriously the yummiest picture of a steak I have ever seen!! Amazing. And that butter!!

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naomi March 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

I LOVE the porcini butter with the filet– it looks crazy good!

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Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

I love everything about everything that is happening on that plate. And the pictures… I have no words.

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) March 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

OMG this is stealing my heart away!! Pinned!

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Kate @Almond Butter Binge March 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Okay, so I have pretty happily given up red meat for about a month now…but I am still drooling over these pictures. May have to find a really good, sustainably and humanely raised steak and go to town this weekend :) Thanks for sharing!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking March 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Over the weekend I just had a horseradish crusted filet and it was the perfect medium rare!!! It made me think that it is time to take a break from all the kale and almonds and just have a good, buttery steak!!!! This looks phenomenal! It belongs in an episode of Mad Men at a supper club or something!

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Giulia March 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I always grill my steak or filet mignon with butter by using a skillet to start it off and then finishing it off with charred grill marks straight on the BBQ. Love the addition of mushrooms…yumm!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

You had me at porcini mushroom butter, sounds just like heaven!

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ashley - Baker by Nature March 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

We just sat in awe of that first photo! My boyfriend wants this for dinner asap!!!

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Tieghan March 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm

These photos are stunning!! Best steak I have ever seen and that butter sound amazing!

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Layla @ Brunch Time Baker March 27, 2014 at 8:01 am

I am so having steak for dinner tonight!

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marla March 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

Oh yessss! Love me a great big steak!

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Paula - bell'alimento March 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

Now this is exactly how we like to cook our steaks! Love the porcini compound butter! This is too good not to share – onto my FB page this goes! xox

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Jamie Levine March 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

My oh my!!!! Magical!

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bev @ bevcooks March 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

That is hands down the most beautiful steak I’ve ever looked at and wanted to make out with.

Hands down.

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) March 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

Wow, I don’t even have words for this. Well, maybe I do…perfection. Total perfection. I’d be a happy girl with this.

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Jaclyn April 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I’ve never seen anyone make beef look so good – I’m obsessed with that top photo. Just gorgeous!

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Dani Meyer April 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Oh heavens. It’s beautiful!

Well I know what’s coming up for the next date night. I don’t know of many men who would complain about that showing up on the dinner table!

Dani

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Yuneisy September 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Made this for dinner tonight for the my husband and I. It came out so delicious. This was my first steak ever and your recipe was so easy to understand and simply amazing. Thank you so much!

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Mark Ferguson October 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Looks awesome — the porcini compound butter is intriguing. Looking forward to trying it.

I’m curious about one thing, though: your temps look about 10 degrees too high to me, compared to what I see elsewhere for medium rare.

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