Filet mignon instead of hamburgers? It may not be traditional, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. It just seemed to fit with our weekend a little better. And to tell you the truth, they sure were good.
This past 4th of July, my wife and I decided to take it easy. The rest of the family already had their own plans for the Holiday weekend. We both wanted to take a break from traveling this year. So... we just stayed home.
It was a nice change, not rushing around and going places. Although, we still got a few things done. Mostly catching up on bills, filing, and other such paperwork (you know... the non-strenuous stuff).
Don't get the wrong idea, though. There was definitely some grilling going on. That was a natural part of the relaxing weekend. You just can't have a July 4th without some BBQ!
The day's choice for the grillee was beef tenderloin (otherwise known as filet mignon). The primary reason for this choice of steak was tenderness. Some would say you sacrifice flavor to get that extra tenderness, because the filet is so lean. I still like it, though. And that's my wife's favorite steak.
I started out by sprinkling coarse salt and fresh ground pepper on both sides of the filets. I then minced up a couple of cloves of garlic and rubbed it (and the salt and pepper) into both side of the meat.
Now those steaks would have turned out perfectly fine if I had stopped right there with the seasonings. The more I thought about it, though, the more I wanted a little sweetness in there somewhere. So here is what I used.
2 cloves mined garlic
Fresh ground pepper
(The above ingredients were applied to the meat directly as a rub.)
1/4 c pineapple juice
1/4 c soy sauce
2 Tbl brown sugar
1 Tbl honey
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
Mix the above ingredients together and marinate steak for at least 30 minutes. Grill and enjoy.
There you have it. My 4th of July feast (along with a baked potato and salad). It was gooood. I hope you too, had a great day of relaxation and BBQ.
It's about time for another drink, isn't it?