When a meal calls for some sophistication, try our take on steak frites, a classic bistro offering. The tender filet Mignon has plenty of panache but is uncomplicated to prepare and the thinly sliced potatoes, coated with a Latin-influenced combination of cotija cheese, cayenne, and cilantro are an interesting side.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together butter, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic in a small bowl. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use. Stir together remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro and 1/2 teaspoon garlic, the cheese, and cayenne in a medium bowl; set aside.

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  • Brush a rimmed baking sheet with the olive oil; set aside. Drain potatoes; pat dry. Add to bowl with cheese mixture; toss to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes; turn potatoes, and cook until golden, about 20 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, season both sides of beef with salt and pepper. Heat a medium skillet over high heat. Brush both sides of beef with vegetable oil; place in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook beef 7 minutes; turn, and cook until medium-rare, 7 to 8 minutes more. Top each with cilantro butter; serve with potatoes.

Reviews (7)

11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
02/15/2011
This was just okay. Nothing spectacular. Probably wouldn't make it again. The cilantro butter was pretty good though.
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2011
How big should the filets be? They are not listed in the recipe so the cooking time would depend on how big each filet is, no?
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04/01/2010
Where's the Beef?! Not listed in ingredients.
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Rating: Unrated
02/15/2008
The filet mignon took much less time to cook - about 10 mins or less total. The potatoes - a lot like french fries - were really tasty. The herb butter was fabulous on top of the steak! Overall, it was really good, but I would recommend really watching the steaks and not letting them overcook. First time I'd ever made filet mignon and it tasted excellent - so tender!
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02/15/2008
The potatoes are excellent!!! So easy to do and yummy. Looking for something different to do with potatoes this is for you.
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02/14/2008
The potatoes were delicious! They were a bit hot, but I can fix that with less pepper. The steaks were a major failure! I am not really sure what went wrong as I followed the directions to a T. I will have to try them agian.
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Rating: Unrated
01/19/2008
I didn't make the potatos, but I had some filet mignon and I cooked it according to the recipe, and it turned out great! I would love to try it with the potatos next time. I bet they're good!