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by Pre Brands December 15, 2019
The filet is cut from the smallest end of the tenderloin and has a great balance of texture and buttery flavor. It is a rarely-used muscle, which means it never gets a workout, and doesn’t stress the muscle moving back and forth all day. This creates a very tender muscle that is extremely soft and juicy when cooked.
There are 3 parts to the tenderloin muscle: there is the head (which connects to the sirloin muscle), then there is the center of the tenderloin called the body which is also referred to as the “barrel,” and then you have the end which is called the tail, and it has a triangular shape.
You can view each part of the muscle in our video below, where Julie, our quality manager, talks in detail about the filet tenderloin and how we trim it.
Filet Tenderloin is a perfect masterpiece seared and plated all on its own, but you can also cut in against the grain in thin slices to put in a salad, soup, or other appetizers.
Keep an eye out in grocery stores for our very special limited edition Center Cut Beef Tenderloin that will be the perfect addition to your holiday feast! This is an entire roast for you to marinate using a classic pan sauce, a French onion pan sauce or one of your family recipes. We also tried a maple crusted tenderloin recipe and a horseradish and garlic crusted recipe, and they seriously delivered on taste. Get all of our holiday recipes here.
Looking for some filet tenderloin cooking inspiration? We've gathered our favorite recipes for 7 Delicious Days of Filet Mignon. As always, when cooking filet, remember grass fed and finished beef cooks faster than grain fed beef, and always use a digital meat thermometer to get your desired doneness using our temperature chart.
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"My husband and I loved having these filets once a week. I sear both sides and "in-between" in a very hot small Lodge cast iron skillet. I use a spatter guard. Then I place the skillet in a 400 degree oven for between 2min. 10-20 seconds. Perfect medium minus filets. My mouth is watering as I write this!!"Mary M.
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