Filets Mignons Lili

Filets Mignons Lili
Recipe By Dana McCauley

The most decadent first entree option on the First Class Dinner Menu from the Titanic was Filet Mignons Lili. This dish is a Filet mignon topped with seared foie gras and sliced truffles on a bed of crispy potatoes and served with a deeply rich sauce made of with Cognac, Madeira and red wine. A show stopper dish and one that will leave your guests both impressed and wanting to lick their plates clean. Enjoy!

Serves 6

Filets Mignons
6 filets mignons (2 1/2 pounds)
1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon each of butter and vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
6 foie gras (goose liver) medallions
6 cooked artichoke hearts, quartered
6 slices black truffle (optional)

2 tablespoons butter
3 large shallots or 1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 cup each of cognac, Madeira and red wine
3 cups homemade beef stock
Salt and pepper

Potatoes Anna
3/4 cup melted unsalted butter
6 medium baking potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper


1. In saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat; add shallots and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened.

2. Stir in tomato paste, bay leaf and rosemary until well combined. Stir in cognac, Madeira and red wine; bring to boil.

3. Boil for 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in beef stock. Boil for 15 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup.

4. Strain into clean pot set over low heat and whisk in remaining butter. Season to taste. Keep warm.

Potatoes Anna
1. Brush 11-inch oven-proof skillet with enough melted butter to coat. Arrange potatoes in overlapping circles, brushing each layer with enough butter to coat; sprinkle each layer with some of the salt and pepper; press top layer gently down.

2. Place pan over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until bottom is browned.

3. Cover and bake in 450°F oven for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned on top.

4. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until brown and crisp. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Filets Mignons
1. Meanwhile, sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. In large skillet, melt butter with vegetable oil over medium heat; add garlic and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes; increase heat to medium-high and add filets mignons.

2. Cook, turning once, for 10-12 minutes or until well-browned but still pink in middle.

3. Remove from pan and let stand, tented with foil, for about 5 minutes. Wipe out pan and return to high heat.

4. Add foie gras and cook for 30 seconds per side or until golden brown. Remove from pan and reserve. Gently toss artichokes in pan juices and cook for 2 minutes or until heated through.

5. Cut cooked potato round into 6 portions and place 1 piece, upside down, on each of 6 heated plates; top with a filet mignon, followed by a slice of foie gras and a truffle slice (if using).

6. Ladle sauce around edge of plate; garnish with artichokes.


Ben said...

I wasn't hungry but now I am! It looks so good!

Unknown said...

While we haven't yet managed to do the whole dish (let alone the dinner), I can't rave about the sauce enough! It is the perfect accompaniment to a lovely bit of beef.

Unknown said...

While we haven't yet managed to do the whole dish (let alone the dinner), I can't rave about the sauce enough! It is the perfect accompaniment to a lovely bit of beef.

Anonymous said...

The sauce is fantastic ! I used it for grilled lamb lollipops, just a light pastry brush worth on each cut. Adds so much depth without being a dipping sauce. It's in my recipe book forever. Think I'll strain it through cheesecloth next time to make it clearer. The tomato past can cloud the finished product. Thanks Dragon !

Unknown said...

It does look really good. I would totally try it.

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