The Hubs has been out of town on business all week and though they usually eat (and drink) like kings, he loves a nice homecooked meal when he gets home.
I cooked the most amazing filet mignon in my cast iron skillet while he was gone. Even though I had just ate this exact meal 3 days earlier, I didn't hesitate to make it again.
Rub both sides of the filet down with olive oil and rub in seasonings of your choice. I have a jar or specialty steak seasoning that I use.
Heat cast iron skillet on medium heat.
Pre-heat oven to 425.
Once the cast iron skillet is warmed up, sear filet for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. After both sides are seared put cast iron skillet in pre-heated oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. (8 minutes made my filets perfectly, medium rare.)
A Potato Dish for Julia
I found this recipe while searching around for recipes for meals for one. When Hubs is out of town, I hate cooking for myself and having a ton of leftovers I'll never eat.
Copied from : http://www.oprah.com/food/A-Potato-Dish-for-Julia-Child
2 new potatoes (about 6 ounces)
1 small clove garlic
4 tsp. butter
Freshly ground pepper
Peel potatoes, and slice them very thin. Peel and mince garlic, then mash it, along with a generous pinch of salt, with the flat side of a large knife until it is a paste. Work about 1/2 teaspoon butter into it.
Heat 2 teaspoons butter in a small pan over medium-low heat; lay in half of potato slices, overlapping slightly, to fill the bottom. Lightly salt and pepper, and smear garlic paste on top. Add rest of potatoes to make a second layer, again overlapping.
Cook, setting a small cover askew on top of pan. After about 8 minutes, turn potatoes, which should be brown on the bottom, by setting a sturdy plate on top of pan and flipping them over onto it. Heat rest of butter in pan, then slide potatoes back in and arrange them as neatly as you can. Cook semicovered for 5 minutes, and uncovered for a couple more minutes, at which point they should be done and browned, both top and bottom. Slide them onto a plate; season with salt and pepper.
These were a huge hit with the Hubs. I'm sure they'll make an appearance for dinner again in the near future. I wasn't able to flip them out of the pan as the recipe called for, so I just used a large spatula to flip them over. I also don't own a 4 1/2" skillet of any kind, so I used one of my 6" skillets, I couldn't use the cast iron one because it was pre-occupied cooking my fabulous filet.