What are Petit Filets?
Petit beef filets are a great cut of meat to get to know. They are usually less expensive than the larger filet mignon cuts, sometimes, significantly, and they cook up quite quickly. It comes from the chuck area but these small tenderloins are flavorful and juicy, yet still a lean cut of meat. They can weigh anywhere from about 6 to 8 ounces (sometimes they are even smaller).
And even though this is fairly tender cut of beef to start with, a few hours in a citrus juice-based marinade make it even more so. This filet marinade include grapefruit juice, just for kicks. Red grapefruits usually have more sweetness than the yellow varieties, underscored by the honey, and then ginger and garlic provide some heat, and the soy sauce gives it a lightly salty kick. A great balance of flavors, and extremely simple to throw together.
You can leave the filets in the marinade for up to 8 hours, but not longer or the citrus in the marinade will tenderize them too much.
Marinated Petit Filets
- Juice from one ruby red grapefruit
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 petit filets 1½ pounds total
- In a zipper top quart-sized bag, combine the grapefruit juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the filets and seal the bag, then marinate in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Heat an oven proof skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil, and turn the pan so the oil coats the bottom of the pan. Sear the fillets on all sides, about 8 minutes in all, watching to make sure they don’t get too brown from the sugar in the honey.
- Transfer the pan to the oven (or if you are making a number of them, you might want to transfer them to a larger baking dish), and roast the filets for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the center reaches 150°F. for rare, 160°F. for medium. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the filets to a cutting board and let them sit for 10 minutes. Slice them as thinly or thickly as you like.
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