Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Fathers Day! Cast Iron Filet Mignon #SundaySupper

I was born on Fathers Day. I always joked that I never had to buy my Dad a present since I was the best gift he would ever receive. On October 1st 2003, I got the worst call of my life - one that a 24 year old should never receive. "Your father had a cerebral brain hemorrhage. I watched my father suffer for 8 days, then he went into a coma and passed 2 days later. This was the worst week of my life. At 24 years old, I said goodbye to my hero who was a young 52 years old. Today, I am actually thankful that I was born on Fathers Day, no matter what, I will always share my big day with him.
Fast forward to present day. My Mom remarried a wonderful man named Hank. I was blessed to have another father in my life. Hank, who I will never refer to as my "step" Dad on my blog is my other father. I love him to pieces and could not imagine my life without him.

Growing up, both of parents were cooks. Dad was the grill master and he taught me to cook in my teens. I cannot grill without thinking of Dad. So in honor of Daddy and Hank, I am honoring both with the best steak money will buy, Filet Mignon.
This is a healthy and easy steak to cook at home. We currently live in a condo where gas grills are prohibited. I've learned to cook just about everything on a cast iron skillet. Cooking on a cast iron skillet will ensure the sear you'd receive from a steakhouse and you wont be paying $50 for a 8oz filet mignon.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees - Place a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron skillet in oven while pre-heating.

Remove your steaks from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you plan to cook them. Pat them dry with a paper towel and brush the steaks lightly with olive oil and lightly coat with salt.

When the oven is preheated, remove pan from oven and place on range over high heat. Cook the steaks for 2 minutes on one side without moving. Turn to cook the other side for 1-2 minutes. Place the pan in it into the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness of steaks and how you want it cooked. With filet mignon, I strongly suggest nothing higher than medium rare.

Rare - 120 degrees F Medium Rare - 125 degrees F Medium - 130 degrees F

After your steaks are have a nice crust to them and hit your desired temp, remove from the pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let them rest 5-10 minutes before serving, meanwhile cook whichever veggie you are pairing it with.Voila! Perfectly cooked steak!

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26 comments:

  1. Such a special post, so happy you have been blessed with two incredible fathers.

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  2. I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad! As Laura said, at least you were blessed with two Dads.

    Your filet looks amazing and very gourmet restaurant style.

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  3. You gotta love cast iron. The sear on that filet looks perfect!

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  4. This was a really lovely post. I'm so glad you have two great dads to celebrate today. And what better way than with steak?

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  5. So sad to lose your father at such a young age. It is nice though that you have a wonderful second dad in your life. What a fabulous meal for dads by spoiling them with the best steak. One day I also want to try cooking them in a cast iron skillet too. It may just be the next time it rains when I'm planning to grill.

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  6. Some of us are blessed once and others twice. My mom remarried after she and my father divorced and, since Daddy was always Daddy (maybe it's a Louisiana thing because my father still refers to his own father as Daddy when telling tales on him) I called my stepfather Dad. He made our lives better in immeasurably ways.

    That filet mignon looks fabulous with its charred outside and the lovely mushroom sauce. I often use my cast iron pan when we can't be bothered to light the grill. Yum!

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  7. That is terrible that your dad died so young and suddenly. I cannot imagine what that was like for you to deal with. I bet your dad could not imagine a better Father's Day present than your birth!

    I love steaks and my Mom is the best at making them. She always does them on the stove top, either in our stainless steel skillet or grill pan and they are always better than steaks from even the best steakhouses. I bet these are no different.

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear you lost your Dad too soon. But, so glad you have Hank now. And yessssss for cast iron skillet steaks. I have a grill, but still use cast iron for steaks. It's the only way to get that awesome crusty char. Yum!

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  9. Such a nice post and a lovely tribute to both of your dads. Great steak too!

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  10. Must have been challenging with the loss of your father so early on in life...And nice to see there was another guardian ready to take on his responsibilities. I'm sure your present dad loved your fine tribute of a steak.

    P.s. Love to look you up when we in Florida.

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  11. I am so sorry about your loss, Megan. Life can be so cruel.
    Such a beautiful tribute this post is to your Dad, Hank, and also your Mom. Very moving.

    Oh yes, steak in a cast iron pan is the absolute best!!! ~ Bea

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  12. I am so sorry you lost your dad way too soon. How blessed you were to have a second dad. The men in my life would all love your filet mignon...perfectly cooked!

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  13. Yeah, both my dad and my husband would love this! I love the instructions for the cast iron skillet - I've never cooked a steak that way.

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  14. I am so sorry you lost your dad. Mine passed in 2007 to cancer. Losing a parent is always a hard thing at any age. I think it's great you have another dad in your life. That's a special thing and you're very blessed.

    Love this meal. That filet mignon is cooked to perfection.

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  15. LOVE steak of any sort and this looks especially lovely. So glad that even though your dad passed your family found another special person to love.

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  16. So sorry to hear about your Dad and at the same time so glad that you have a second Dad!
    Your dish looks wonderful and the cast iron seems like a great idea!

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  17. Your steak is cooked to perfection and looks absolutely amazing. This was such a lovely post and a wonderful tribute to both of your dads!

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  18. I *really* need to drag out my cast iron. I bought it years ago and never used it!

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  19. Love that you are able to always remember your dad on Father's Day, and it is great that you have your stepdad to celebrate as well.

    I really need to get myself a cast iron skillet - the sear on your steak looks fab! No grill necessary!

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  20. That was a beautiful post and you are blest to have had/have two great men in your life. I have a good cast iron skillet but never made steak on it. Must try this recipe!

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  21. This was such a sweet/heart-warming post. I love how you honor Hank as your "other Dad"...must make him feel so good. This is such an interesting way to cook a filet...i kinda love it!!! Though I'm scared thinking about that intense heat!! LOL. Might have to get Patrick's cast iron from him or buy one of my own...I miss that thing.

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  22. Love the back pack Megan! Two Dads, how awesome!

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  23. I love using the cast iron skillet for making steaks--they're so perfect that way! How lucky you were to have two wonderful dads in your life.

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  24. Your dad taught you well. How lucky and blessed you are to have had two wonderful men in your life.

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