Most people like to eat a steak from time to time. Today is a day to celebrate a delicious steak but not just any steak. Aug. 13 is National Filet Mignon Day. What is a filet mignon? And how is a filet mignon different from other steaks?
A filet is a boneless cut of meat. The filet mignon, meaning petite fillet, is small, round steak cut from the forward end of the tenderloin. The tenderloin is a non weight-bearing muscle, and it is the most tender cut of beef. The filet mignon is considered to be the most desirable and is usually the most expensive cut of beef.
Mignon is a French word that means cute or dainty. A filet mignon, then, is a "dainty filet." It's pronounced fih-LAY meen-YAWN. A filet mignon is cut from the tenderloin, which lies in the middle of the animal's back. Some butchers in the United States label all types of tenderloin steaks "filet mignon." When found on a menu in France, filet mignon generally refers to pork rather than beef.
Because of its noticeable tenderness, filet mignon is one of the most sought-after cuts of meat. Filet mignon is not seasonal. Therefore, you can find it in grocery stores all year long, and it can be grilled, sautéed, or broiled.
Filet mignons are often served with sauces, toppings, or pan juices because it loses some of its flavor during the cooking process. Steak houses also often serve beef tenderloin steaks wrapped in bacon to keep them moist while cooking and add meaty flavor.
Filet mignon is considered the king of steaks because of its tenderness and texture. A prime filet mignon can literally be cut with a fork. This beef cut can be quite expensive when dining out, but much more reasonable to make at home, especially if you purchase a whole tenderloin.
Since Aug. 13 is National Filet Mignon Day, go ahead and splurge. Perhaps you have a special occasion coming up such as a birthday, retirement, or promotion. Whatever the reason, enjoy a filet mignon.