We don't eat a ton of meat but every once in awhile we get a hankering for the real deal--a nice looking fillet of beef--down and dirty in a cast iron skillet. This happened the other night. Or I guess I should say, this happened to my husband the other night because he arrived home with two really beautiful fillets from the store. Yeah, he's the guy that you send out for some milk and t-pee and he comes back with 2 bags full of groceries because "there were a lot of great things on sale." Including fillet mignon.
Anyway, I tend to trust Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, for most things. Especially because she commits to not mucking up quality ingredients. She also turns up the volume on things in a genius-sort-of-way and manages to make really good food even better but never over-complicates it. On her show a few weeks ago we watched her dip each side of a fillet into a salt and pepper mixture coating almost the entire thing. The mixture turns into this unbelievable crust when you sear the steaks and, well, this is the type of thing that excites us.
No real recipe to share for this. Just try and get your hands on some high quality beef and dredge each side in salt and pepper. Sear on very high heat on each side and finish in a 375 degree oven until desired doneness. As the picture shows, we tied a piece of bacon around ours but I would skip this next time. Didn't add much in my opinion. Oh and by the way, I have no idea what "down and dirty" means. I just felt like saying it.