Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon is a special occasion recipe that you don’t make every day. However, when it is time to celebrate something or someone special in your life, it is the perfect thing to make.
Although this cut of steak has amazing flavor on its own, wrapping it in bacon makes it even better! Although, it is really the cooking method that makes this steak so delicious.
Best of all, this recipe is easy to prepare and can be on the table in only 30 minutes. Which in turn, allows you more time to enjoy the person or people that you are with.
Why the recipe is so good?
Filet mignon is a lean cut of beef that is taken from the tenderloin area which runs along each side of the spine of the cow. Because this muscle lacks excessive use, the steak has very little intramuscular fat or marbling.
However, grass-fed cattle sometimes do produce a little fat marbling that is absent in grain-fed and finished cows.
Because this cut of meat is very lean, it is not the preferred, every day steak for many people. That is because the fat that is marbled in cuts of steak provides extra flavor naturally.
However, when you wrap the filets in bacon, the fat is provided and absorbed into the meat as it cooks. The bacon also allows some of the smokey, savory flavor present in bacon to slip into the filet as well.
In addition, as the fat in the bacon cooks, it creates a crispy sear on the surface of the steak as it cooks in a cast iron pan. This is what makes Filet mignon wrapped in bacon so good and loved by many people.
Why you should make Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon:
For many people, filet mignon wrapped in bacon is considered both luxurious and romantic. It is an amazing meal that is surprisingly easy to make.
However, instead of cooking it on the grill it is best to cook it using a combination of searing and roasting techniques. This method will provide you with the most delicious results.
However, because of this cut of beef is on the pricier side, it is important to follow the cooking methods below so that it turns out spectacular every time!
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe
*Complete recipe instructions including specific measurements, cook temperatures and times are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to keep reading for helpful tips and tricks when making this recipe.
- Prime beef filet mignon steaks, about 1 to 2 inches thick and weighing around 6 to 8 ounces
- Thin cut bacon
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING BACON WRAPPED FILET MIGNON
Before you begin cooking, be sure to bring the filet mignon and bacon to room temperature. If your meat is cold when it hits the pan, it can cause the muscle fibers to tense up, resulting in tough meat when cooked.
It will take the meat about 30 to 45 minutes to come to room temperature. When you are ready to prepare the steak, preheat the oven.
Gently wrap a slice of bacon around the sides of the filet, stretching it a little bit as you wrap. Make sure the bacon is completely wrapped around the filet and secure it with a toothpick or butcher’s twine.
Next, season both sides of the filets generously with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Wait Until The Oven Is Preheated To Begin
When the oven is preheated, heat a cast-iron skillet or a high heat, oven-safe, heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Then add butter and oil to the pan and wait until it is hot. You will see the pan just slightly start to smoke.
Place the steaks in the skillet and sear on one side for 2 minutes. Next, flip and sear on the other side for another 2 minutes.
Quickly transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 6-7 minutes. Check for the desired doneness using an instant read digital food thermometer.
So, how do you know when your steak is cooked perfectly to your liking? Below are the USDA guidelines for steak doneness.
Steak doneness guide based on USDA standards:
- Rare: 120-130°F
- Medium-rare: 130-135°F
- Medium: 140-150°F
- Medium-well: 155-165°F
- Well-done: 170°F
When the bacon wrapped filet mignon is done to your preferred level of doneness, use a thick oven mitt to remove the skillet from the oven. Then let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving.
What to serve with Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon?
Classic wedge salad – If you want a traditional starter, a wedge salad is a great choice. Cut a half of a head of lettuce into two sections. Then pour blue cheese dressing over each wedge. Then top with chopped tomatoes, chopped bacon and blue cheese crumbles.
Rated garlic mashed potatoes – There is no denying that roasted garlic adds a bold flavor to creamy mashed potatoes. In addition, a small quantity of cream cheese furthermore adds tangy flavor and creaminess that matches well with the bacon wrapped filet mignon.
Green beans – Although any vegetable would compliment steak, green beans are a favorite choice among many. Not only are they delicious but they can be cooked in the same amount of time as the steak. Simply boil them with a little minced garlic, salt and pepper or make Air Fryer Green Beans.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do you store bacon-wrapped filet mignon?
Although it is unlikely that you will have any leftovers, you can store any leftover steak in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
2. How do you reheat the steak?
If you want to reheat the steak, you can do so in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove. However, when you go to reheat it, the meat will continue to cook, making the steak well-done.
However, I prefer to skip the reheating process. Instead, slice the steak in thin strips and eat cold on top of a salad.
3. Do I have to wrap the filet in bacon?
People wrap bacon around filet mignon for two reasons: to add flavor and to make the steak more tender because it is cooked in fat. However, if you prefer to omit the bacon, follow this recipe for Cooking Filet Mignon without bacon.
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- 2 Prime Beef Filet Mignon steaks, 6-8 ounces, 1-2 inch thick
- 2 slices thin cut bacon
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Bring the filet mignon and bacon to room temperature. This will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
Wrap a slice of bacon, slightly stretching as you wrap, completely around filet and secure with a piece of cotton butcher's twine or a toothpick.
Season the steaks heavily with salt and pepper on both sides of the filets. Set aside.
Heat a cast iron skillet or an high heat, oven safe heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and oil to the pan. When it is hot it will start to slightly smoke. Place the steaks in the skillet and sear on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and sear on the other side for 2 minutes.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 6-7 minutes. Check for desired doneness.
Remove the skillet from the oven and let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before servings.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 934mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.