Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bacon-Wrapped Filets

With the wonderful spring warm-up we've been having around here lately, it's impossible to not want to fire up the grill! Oh, but what to make? As Sheri has already talked about, Barry and I are lucky enough to have a couple of different options as to where we get our beef. And since we usually buy half a cow at a time, we almost always have a freezer full of it. So when we started feeling the pull of the grill, I began looking through my freezer to see what we still needed to use up from last year's beef. Lo and behold, there were 2 packages of filet mignon! How on earth those got missed, I'll never know!! I pulled them out and decided there was no time like the present to get those babies eaten.

Now I'd never grilled filets before, so I did a little internet research before beginning. It seemed that there was one ingredient that you can't do without...BUTTER. No problem there! We love the stuff! So I started there and added some things I think always enhance the flavor of beef...mainly garlic, onion, and bacon.

Sheri and I strapped on those aprons of ours and got to work, preparing side dishes and dessert, while Barry went out to start the grill. Before long, he was back...we were out of gas! Rather than wait for him to run into town to get more, we decided to use the broiler instead...well, because we were hungry - and impatient! But let me tell you, grilled or broiled, these filets were T.A.S.T.Y!!! Try them out - they were super easy!

Bacon-Wrapped Filets

4 filets mignon or beef tenderloin
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. parsley

1 tsp. dried onion flakes

2 cloves garlic, pressed
4 strips bacon

First, wrap a piece of bacon around the outer edge of each filet. Secure with cooking twine or a toothpick. Now, melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add in the parsley, onion flakes, and garlic. Brush the tops of the filets with the butter mixture, and be generous! This is the flavor, baby! Place the bacon-wrapped filets on your broiler pan about 4 " under the broiler and broil for about 9-10 minutes on each side for medium. Obviously, broil them less time for those of you who like your meat rare! And don't even think about making them well-done. That completely ruins filets, in our opinion!

Important!! Don't forget to brush the tops periodically with your butter mixture! Keep the flavor going!

Your kitchen will smell soooo good by the time these are finished. Take a big whiff and prepare yourself for the flavor explosion of your first taste!

Coming Soon.... Gourmet Minty Mushroom Ice Cream!!!
But First - Loving Leftovers!


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