The pros: Trader Joe's Center Cut Filet Mignon Steak is a tender and high quality cut of meat. This is USDA Choice which is one step below USDA Prime.
The cons: Price. This is quite expensive and is a substantial jump in price compared to the Filet Mignon that I reviewed in 2017. Not only is the packaging, name and quality grade difference but this is almost $10 per pound more expensive.
Now that I've done more than 800 Trader Joe's reviews, certain items stand out to me that I've gotten to them. Other items, might get an update in packaging. While others, need to be revisited entirely.
This is one of those items.
In January of 2017, I got, cooked, and reviewed the filet mignon that Trader Joe's offered.
It was packaged differently. It was priced differently. It was not graded like this.
So a totally different product, gets its own brand new review.
I'm not sure if consumer tastes have changed, the economy has gotten better, or consumers are more aware of what they are buying, but this is vastly different from the previous review of just 18 months ago.
These steaks are thick and meaty unlike the previous small round and more thinly cut steaks.
The weather in New York has not exactly been grill friendly. I opted to use a recipe that requires a cast iron skillet, the stove to sear, and the oven to finish this off.
A bit of herb butter and what I had for dinner was pretty outstanding. It was moist and tender. Doneness is determined by internal temperature so figure the following as a guide to doneness:
For $23.99 per pound this is a pretty massive increase in price over the $14.49 I paid just 18 months ago. The difference here comes down to labeling. This is choice which commands a higher price overall.
My first experiment with Trader Joe's choice meat was over the holiday season when they offered USDA Choice Premium Angus Beef Boneless Rib Roast. It was awesome. I served it for Christmas. There were no leftovers. Likewise, this is a really well done cut of meat that will make the red meat fans in your life happy.
It's all about how you make it. I opted for another blogger's recipe for the preparation of this item. You can find it over at Kitchen Swagger.
While this isn't something I'll reach for on a weekly basis, this was a nice treat.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Center Cut Filet Mignon Steak:
The nutritional information, the ingredient, how to prepare:
I chose not to follow the directions listed.
I used Kitchen Swagger's Filet Mignon recipe instead.
So following that recipe, this is what came out of the oven:
And a closer look at the finished product:
Would I buy this again? Since I live in a household of two people, Trader Joe's Center Cut Filet Mignon Steak was the perfect size for my husband and I. If we were being more price conscious and wanted to buy in bulk, then you'll do far better at Costco if you are willing to do a bit of knife work.
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