Filet Mignon Grillades and Grits

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Grillades:
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 medium red bell peppers, seeded, and thinly sliced vertically
  • 3 ribs celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 15 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 cups veal stock
  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, cored and chopped
  • Grits:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into a very small dice
  • 8 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups stone-ground grits
  • 3 tablespoons chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
Directions

Make the Grillades: Gently pound the filet tips with a smooth meat mallet to approximately 1/4-inch thickness. Place the seasoned flour in a bowl. Sprinkle the cutlets with salt and pepper, dust them with the seasoned flour, and shake any excess back into the bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of the seasoned flour.

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil and 1/2 tablespoon butter in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over high heat. Working in 3 batches, saute the floured cutlets, turning once, until well browned, about 30 seconds per side. (Add some of the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter between the second and third batches.) Transfer the grillades to a plate. Scrape the pot with a wooden spoon to remove any particles from the bottom.

Add the peppers, celery, onion, and garlic to the pot, and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and cook until tender and brown, about 8 minutes. Add the reserved seasoned flour to the vegetables and cook, stirring, until any liquid is absorbed and the vegetables start turning a darker brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to cook the flour and give the sauce some color. Add the wine, lower the heat, and simmer for 2 minutes.

Gradually stir in the stock, again scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil again, and reduce to a slow simmer. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 30 to 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Make the Grits: Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the milk and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally. Add the grits, stir thoroughly to blend with the milk, and boil for about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until the grits thicken, about 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the thyme. Cover, turn off the heat, and let rest for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

To serve, place 4 pieces of the grillade on each plate spoon some of the vegetables and sauce over the top. Sprinkle with green onions and spoon a portion of grits in center of each plate.

Ochsner Criteria Slimmed Down Original Recipe

Calories: Less than 800 595 calories 678 calories

Total Fat: Less than 20gm 20.7 grams 29.3 grams

Saturated Fat: Less than 8gm 7.6 gm 15.5 gm

Cholesterol: Less than 150mg 71 mg 152 mg

Sodium: Less than 1000 780 mg 1111 mg

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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