Succulent Filet in a Field of Greens

I am participating in the Beef It's What's For Dinner Lean Cut Match-Up this week. After being contacted by the Beef people, I was to prepare a couple recipes, review the results and give away some cash and prizes. What's not to like?!

I completed the Lean Cut Match-Up questionnaire, and I found out that the perfect lean meat for our family's lifestyle is Filet Mignon. Yum! Freaky how those questionnaires get something like that right. Tonight I prepared Succulent Filet in a Field of Greens and the recipe did not disappoint.

The meal fit with our typical dinner eating style; it had something for everyone. My Middle One loved the garlicky rub on the filet while hardly a word was heard from My Oldest as she devoured the filet and mushrooms. I enjoyed the combination of the warm mushrooms with the cool salad greens along with the charred filet. No Thank You Boy said no thank you to the vegetable portion of the meal and stuck to his typical meal of .... meat. No complants from him. As The Husband was not arriving from the West Coast until late, he will be enjoying his dinner for lunch tomorrow.

I particularly liked that the meal was impressive yet so easy to prepare. It could be served at an elegant dinner party with your guests thinking you spent all day preparing the meal.

To participate in the random drawing for a $100 Visa giftcard, an insulated shopping tote and an I Love Beef apron, fill out the Lean Cut Match-Up questionnaire. Leave a comment by 12 pm EST on August 19 on this post as to which cut of lean meat matches up with your family. Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

One winner will be chosen from this post. But if you don't win here, come back later this week to enter again for another chance to win!

Succulent Filet in a Field of Greens

recipe adapted from the Beef It's What's For Dinner website

4 beef tenderloin (filet) steaks, cut 1 inch thick
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
1 teaspoon chopped dried thyme
4 cups assorted wild mushrooms (such as cremini, oyster, shiitake, enoki and morel)
2 cups red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil vinaigrette
Salt and pepper
4 cups mixed baby salad greens

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and 1 teaspoon garlic; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Remove to medium bowl; cool slightly.

Meanwhile, combine remaining 2 teaspoons garlic, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teapoon pepper. Press evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks in same skillet or grill pan over medium heat; cook 10 to 13 minutes for medium rare (140°F) to medium (150°F) doneness, turning once. Remove to platter.

Add tomatoes, salad greens and vinaigrette to mushrooms; toss lightly to coat.

Season steaks with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve with salad.

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Disclosure: The Beef Association and the Beef Checkoff provided the swag bags mentioned above for this giveaway. Dinners for a Year and Beyond was also compensated with a giftcard to help offset the costs of groceries related to recipes being prepared for these blog posts as well as shipping costs associated with mailing prizes to the winners. The recipes were also provided by the Beef Association.


Merrin Donahue said...

We were filets, too, but then again, that fits with what we buy anyway! Can't wait to try this one....maybe this weekend!

Oh, and email is merrin.donahue@gmail.com


Lisa said...

We were filets too...funny. I don't think there's a cut of beef that I don't like, so any of them would have fit :)


Unknown said...

We were filets also.
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Heidi said...

we got top sirloin, sounds pretty good to me, maybe I will have it for dinner tomorrow

Angela in Texas said...

I matched up with "Lean Ground Beef" which is so funny because I just picked up a pack of lean ground beef at the store TODAY! I will be making hamburgers for dinner tomorrow. =) But, I love a good steak, too!


Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

Another filets here as well LOL We love beef in our home, so any choice would have worked.

Anonymous said...

Our family was a strip steak kind of family. Enjoyed the beef website too. What a fun contest! Thanks.


Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

We were not any one cut of beef. I guess that works out OK, as we eat it all! When I do eat out, I always have a filet, rare. thanks.

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DineInDiva said...

I got filet, which is not really my favorite. I'll take something with a bone in over filet any day.

Interesting quiz questions...

Anonymous said...

We are filets as well. Yum. :)

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Heather (Sunfiore2@aol.com) said...

We were filets too. And thats my favorite! Going to try this recipe tomorrow, thanks for sharing! BTW, made the gnocchi the other night and it was a huge hit, especially with my 100% Italian husband! Thanks for making me feel like a good Italian wife!

Anastasia's Table said...

Top sirloin here. That works for me.

whatsup1 said...

I guess I'll be cooking up some strip steak soon. The filet recipe looks so good, though, I think I'll be trying that first.

Anonymous said...

I'm a filet, too! :) Dee sheepish56(at)aol(dot)com

Missy said...

We were a good mixture - we just splurged (in $$ and calories haha) and had New Yorks the other day with grilled mushrooms. My 2 year old ate all the mushrooms. hahaha This recipe looks great, love garlic on beef! yum


Jennifer said...

We were lean ground beef. Last night we had spagetti to which the 4 year old said "mom this is my FAVOURITE" - though pretty much everying with hamberger is his 'favourite' jhovestadt at hotmail dot com

Karisty said...

We're both round tip (I think that was the name) and extra lean ground beef. I'm sure my husband would prefer we're filet though.

ericka said...

Wow, we are filets too! Very cool contest!


anna p. said...

We are a strip family. We love flat iron steaks so that's close, right??

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Steph said...

We're a strip steak family... This looks delicious though and I bet I could tweak it to work with a non-filet!

Donna-FFW said...

We were top sirloins:)

Pattiey said...

We're T-Bones. I actually can't recall the last time we ate T-Bones, but my petite grandmother could chow down on a hefty T-Bone with the best of them!

Jessie said...

We are filets too...however I never make them I usually use lean ground beef the most. I will have to try more filets! I have made many of the recipes from this site and will try this one!

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K said...

We are a top round family. That filet recipe sounds really good- i like the use of spices

jeffo 'n lisa said...

Ours didn't point to any one type. I do buy a variety when they are marked down in the store, so that enables us to eat even the more expensive cuts at an affordable price.

By the way, this dish looks so yummy!


Jennifer said...


It matched me with Top Sirloin, which is prefect because I buy it all the time!

Dor said...

Apparently I'm a top round. Sounds about right!

Shelley said...


The questionnaire matched me up with lean ground beef...it's perfect. We eat a lot of it in a variety of different styles from tacos to hamburgers to shepherds pie. It's all about the easy for me. Thanks for the chance.

Noreen said...

We were top sirloin. DH will eat any beef available. DS is a bit more picky. DD and I eat mainly veg.


A Recipe Collector said...

We were Fillet and Strip.. but I must say, we definitely prefer strip steaks!

Deanna said...

I got Top Sirloin!

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Unknown said...

I got Top Round. Sounds perfect ;)

Anonymous said...

Mostly B's for me!

Pretty much all steaks are yummy though!


Anonymous said...

Filet for us! Oh I love that bag........Need it please lol

Leslie said...

We are a strip steak family apparently. Which is probably our favorite cut of beef!

Reva Skie said...

I was all over the board. I had 2 a's so that makes me a filet. And I rhyme.

Hannah said...

I was also a filet. I'll have to give this recipe a shot.


thanks for the opportunity =D