Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 2
Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce. These filet mignons are seasoned with peppercorns and salt, then grilled to your personal taste and served with a creamy cognac peppercorn sauce. An easy French classic dish always makes a big impression and always turns out very delicious!
  • 2 lean Filet Mignon steaks (about 1.5 -inches thick)
  • 1 Tbsp. mixed peppercorns
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, and extra
Cognac Peppercorn Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 small shallots or one small onion-finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup Cognac
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. or more beef stock (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Scatter some salt and peppercorns onto each steak, and press down on the peppercorns so that it adheres well, and set aside at room temperature to warm up for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile make the cream sauce. Using a medium size non stick skillet, add the butter and shallots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until soften. Add the Cognac and one teaspoon of peppercorns to the skillet. Simmer for a minute or two until it reduces.
  3. Pour in heavy cream and simmer on lowest heat, stirring until it thickens, about 5 minutes. BE careful NOT to bring to a boil (to prevent it from curdle).
  4. Turn off heat. As the cream sauce sits, it will continue to thicken. If the sauce becomes too thick, just stir in some beef stock, about 1 to 2 tablespoons to reach a desired consistency.
  5. Heat a large non-stick skillet or a cast-iron skillet over high heat. When the pan is hot, spray it generously with cooking spray and add the steaks, peppercorn side down.
  6. Cook the filet mignon steaks for about 3 to 4 minutes, depending how rare or medium you prefer. Add the butter on top of each one and flip over the steaks to cook on the other side for the additional 3 to 4 minutes. Top with another slice of butter on top.
  7. Remove steaks and transfer to a warm serving platter or to individual dinner plates.
  8. Spoon creamy peppercorn sauce over the filet mignon steaks.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. Serves 2
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