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)
1 piece filet mignon (also known as beef tenderloin) about 1 1/2″ thick
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
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:
- Take out filet and let sit room temperature for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
- Heat up pan on medium heat (If you have a cast iron pan, use that)
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Flip filet and cook to an internal temp of 130 degrees for medium rare
- Let meat rest before you cut it so it stays moist and retains its juices
- Cut the ciabatta in half and toast
- Spread a very thin layer of mayo on bread
- Layer the sliced steak, oranges, arugula, and blue cheese
- Drizzle with honey
Enjoy!! (Preferably in a place with a view and with some Sangria…)
Cooper enjoying the view
Alesha and Kirby and I took Cooper into the ocean for the first time. Luckily it was a success! 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