Recipe courtesy of Aarti Sequeira
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Smokey Filet with Serrano-Papaya Salsa and Serrano-Mint-Cilantro Chutney




Rub the beef filet with allspice, cumin, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

In a large bowl, combine the papaya, serrano, avocado, lime juice, and cilantro. Season the salsa with salt, and pepper. Set aside. 

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in an oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the filet on both sides, about 1 minute on each side. Place the pan in the oven and cook about 15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 140 to 145 degrees F for medium. Remove the beef from the oven and allow the meat to rest 5 minutes before slicing. 

To serve, toss the pepitas with papaya salsa. Spoon a mound on your plate. Place a few strips on the steak and top, and drizzle with chutney and finish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs.


In a blender or food processor, puree the cilantro, fresh mint, serrano peppers, and yogurt together, streaming in some extra-virgin olive oil just until the mixture is thickened. Season the mixture with salt, and pepper. Chill the chutney in the refrigerator until ready to use.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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