As gourmet meats, the filet mignon is often referred to by some enthusiasts as the king of steaks, and this is mainly because of its very soft texture—in fact, it is so soft that you wouldn’t need a knife to cut through it since using your fork is more than sufficient. Because of this, it is one of the most ordered type of steaks in many restaurants worldwide, and is even a popular choice for those who want to do their own shopping at meat wholesalers and meat shops.
Where Is It Taken?
The filet mignon is actually a part of the tenderloin which is located near the back rib cage of the animal. To be more specific, the filet mignon refers to the tail-end of the tenderloin, thus the term short-loin. If you look at the whole tenderloin, you will notice that the cut tapers to a small and thin tail—this is the actual filet mignon. This is worth knowing because there are butcher shops and meat wholesalers that often sell filet mignon but are actually selling the tenderloin itself. However, the true filet mignon is taken from the thinnest end of the tenderloin.
In fact, the location of this particular cut is what makes it so tender. Because this part of the meat is located in an area that is not weight-bearing, it doesn’t get as much exercise as the other muscles do, thus resulting in a deliciously tender meat.
Taste Profile and Cooking Tips
It should be noted that filet mignon will be one (if not “the”) most expensive steak you’ll find in a steakhouse’s menu. But unlike other gourmet meats, the price is generally influenced by the tenderness of the meat and not by its taste. In fact, the beefy flavour is actually reduced with the filet mignon, which is why it is almost always served with sauce or gravy (unless it was ordered by a purist). The sauce will usually be made using or incorporating the pan juices which came out whilst the beef is cooking.
To make the filet mignon more flavourful, filet mignon should be seared with high heat on both sides as this will help to lock in the juices, and then transferred to low heat until the desired doneness is achieved.
If you are looking for excellent filet mignon and other gourmet meats, please feel free to drop by our meat store anytime. As one of the most reputable meat retailers and meat wholesalers in the area, you are guaranteed fresh and high quality meats all the time.
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