Such a fun evening cooking with so many longtime friends and thousands of others tuning in live on social media. You all from your homes and my family from our outdoor kitchen – together we prepared an incredible outdoor feast live from Instagram and Zoom!
On the menu was one of my all-time favorite recipes, a browned butter-basted filet mignon over a beef fat and white wine linguine paired alongside sauteed mini bella mushrooms and charred Michigan asparagus. Just incredible outdoor cook, boiled, grilled, and roasted to perfection entirely in cast iron. Served with a couple nice bottles of cabernet and a beautiful evening at home among those we love the most. Life just doesn’t get much better than this.
Thank you to all who spent your night with us. It meant a tremendous amount to see all your faces and such a great reminder to just how blessed we are with friends like you. -Love you all, David
- 16 ounces fettuccine pasta, prepared to al dente
- 2 8oz cuts of beef filet, trimmed and rested at room temperature
- Olive oil, plus additional for sauce and veg
- Kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorn, plus additional for sauce and veg
- 1 head garlic, sliced in half
- 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary and thyme
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
White Wine Sauce (prepared in same pan as seared steak)
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon roasted garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup dry white wine (nothing fancy)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup chicken stock
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shaved
Veg and Garnish:
- 1 head of asparagus, fibrous ends trimmed
- Fresh parsley and thyme, to garnish
- 8 ounces mini bella, button or cremini mushrooms
Preheat grill to high and warm cast iron saute pan and pot. Fill pot with water, bring to a boil and drop in linguine noodles. Close grill lid, stirring noodles occasionally, then remove when al dente, strain and set aside with a damp paper towel atop.
Meanwhile, season the filet mignon with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Place the seasoned steaks directly into the heated cast iron pan for approximately 2-3 minutes untouched, with the grill lid open. When the steak easily pulls away from the cast iron flip meat over, toss in butter and herbs at head of the pan. Tilt pan head up from heat and repeatedly basted infused butter atop the steaks for 3-4 minutes, encrusting the steak exterior, building layer upon layer of flavor, until the internal temperature reads 130F (medium-rare). *Flip steak back over and continue the baste if temperature is not at 130F after 3-4 minutes on the second side. Remove steaks from the cast iron and place over a cooling rack. Rest for 5-7 minutes before carving. Season additionally to taste and serve.
Toss asparagus and mushrooms into the same cast iron pan you prepared the steak for a quick and hot sautee in all that fatty beef flavor. Remove when the mushrooms are golden in color and the asparagus is just wilted and charred to your liking.
Last, but not least, in same pan used for preparing steak and veg, begin building your sauce. Add onion and sautee until translucent, add garlic and cook down until just golden and fragrant. Add in cream, chicken stock, wine, vinegar, and butter to deglaze the pan, ensuring to scrape up all browned bits from the steak and veg. Fold in Parmesan cheese, then season to taste. After 5-7 minutes, add the prepared pasta to the sauce and fold together. When you can run a wooden spoon through the sauce and it's thick enough to leave a line of separation in the bottom of the pan, you are finished.
To plate, top 6-8oz of pasta with charred asparagus and 3-4 slices of filet mignon. Splash with olive oil. Season additionally, as needed. And, garnish with fresh herbs. Serve!
1. Grill and/or Stovetop-Oven *Double-check your propane tank! 2. Sharp cutlery
3. Multiple tongs 4. Wooden spoons 5. Meat thermometer 6. Lodge cast iron sauté pan (I’ll be using Blacklock) 7. 1 medium-sized pot 8. Pasta strainer 9. Kitchen string or cooking twine 10. An extra bottle of wine… just in case.:)
IN ADVANCE, IF COOKING ALONG:
1. Preheat your grill by 615pm to medium-high temp. If inclement weather, use your indoor stovetop. 2. Do NOT drink all the wine before we start cooking!:)