The pros: Super tasty steak, tender as could be. I prefer Trader Joe's Beef Filet Mignon over Trader Joe’s Steakhouse Seasoned Beef Filet Mignon as that was very peppery (but tasty and tender too). Here you have total control over the seasoning and spice level. If you are only a beginning cook then yes, the Steakhouse Seasoned Beef Filet Mignon is a good choice because the directions are crystal clear and most of the work is done for you.
The cons: Should have more of a guide on how to prepare this and what temperature gives you the different levels of doneness. Expensive per pound, but what filet mignon isn't?
The verdict: For $14.49 per pound, Trader Joe's Beef Filet Mignon is an expensive treat but the quality of beef here justifies the price paid. That being said, you need to know what you are doing just a bit more than Trader Joe’s Steakhouse Seasoned Beef Filet Mignon as the seasoning, for better or worse, is already handled for you. This is less expensive and already portioned out for you. My package came with two individually sealed filets. Each serves one generously. The directions are vague at best as they don't actually tell you temperature for medium (but I've included it below).
Here is the visual rundown of what you get when you purchase this item:
The package ofTrader Joe's Beef Filet Mignon in the refrigerated section:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package, salted and peppered on both sides and placed into a hot lightly oiled pan:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. My husband loved this and so did I. Both pieces were high quality. The most important thing you can do is salt and pepper these. If it looks like a lot of salt and pepper it's probably just enough. If you are using a thermometer here is your guide to proper doneness:
Keep in mind you should let your meat rest for at least 5-10 minutes during which time your meat will rise another 5 degrees in doneness. Also temperature is always measured by the temperature in the middle of the steak, so be sure to stick the thermometer in the steak filet in the side and not through the top. You want the temperature reading from the center most point. Want to up the flavor a touch? Add a bit of butter and some garlic cloves (not chopped, just crushed) and baste. Until you hit the proper doneness and temperature.
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