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DSC02056 A couple Sundays ago I decided that it was time for a picnic. Does this ever happen to you? Haha. I don’t think to make a picnic very often, but the weather was perfect, we had an unused picnic basket that we received as a gift for our wedding, and I thought of the idea for this sandwich out of the blue. It was as if I had no choice. Also, filet mignon was on sale at the store…

This sandwich obviously isn’t your everyday, average, throw-it-in-a-lunch-bag-after-you-spend-half-an-hour-crafting-it-before-work kinda sandwich. It’s special, gourmet, and worth every second when you have the time on a Sunday afternoon. Your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredients: (serves 2)

For Steak:

1 piece filet mignon (also known as beef tenderloin) about 1 1/2″ thick

2 Tablespoons coconut oil



Fresh Thyme

For the sandwich:

2 ciabatta rolls

1 organic orange (split into wedges)

1 cup organic arugula

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (or however much you would like)

2 Tablespoons organic honey

1 Tablespoon Mayonaise (optional)


For the steak:


  1. Take out filet and let sit room temperature for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Heat up pan on medium heat (If you have a cast iron pan, use that)
  3. Test pan to see if it’s hot enough by throwing a few dips of water on it. If it sizzles and pops, it’s ready
  4. Add coconut oil to pan and let melt. If it starts smoking and burning, your pan is too hot. Wipe off the oil and start over.
  5. Place filet on pan and let sit for about 4-5 minutes. Do not keep flipping and checking, it’ll mess up the browning process. Add Thyme to pan
  6. Flip filet and cook to an internal temp of 130 degrees for medium rare
  7. Let meat rest before you cut it so it stays moist and retains its juices


For sandwiches:

  1. Cut the ciabatta in half and toast
  2. Spread a very thin layer of mayo on bread
  3. Layer the sliced steak, oranges, arugula, and blue cheese
  4. Drizzle with honey

Enjoy!! (Preferably in a place with a view and with some Sangria…)


DSC02079 DSC02083 Cooper enjoying the view

DSC02087 Alesha and Kirby and I took Cooper into the ocean for the first time. Luckily it was a success! DSC02120 I hope you try this sandwich at some point because it is seriously, seriously tasty. It’s a perfect way to feel like you’re having a gourmet meal without paying restaurant prices. We joked about how if we were eating at a restaurant with the same view we had, our meal would’ve cost 5 times what it did to make it. Make it for a special occasion and set up a little picnic for you and your date or a few good friends, and everyone will be impressed!

I’m leaving you with a quote that made me chuckle… I rarely follow directions when I’m cooking. Maybe you’ll make up a version of this sandwich that is even better!

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself “well, that’s not going to happen”
― Rita Rudner

4 Comments on Gourmet Sandwiches & a Beach Picnic

  1. Jess
    March 25, 2014 at 9:51 am (4 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try this recipe when the weather is warm enough for a picnic in WA! That sangria also looks amazing and refreshing- store or homemade? I must know!

    • Emily
      March 25, 2014 at 10:04 am (4 years ago)

      Hey Jess! You should definitely try it when it gets warmer up there! The sangria is homemade and I’m going to post the recipe soon. Maybe this afternoon? :) Thanks for reading!!

  2. Nina
    March 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I love these photos. I want to eat this.

    • Emily
      March 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Nina! It makes me hungry too. Haha I’m trying to justify making it by myself while I’m at home alone today… :)


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