Whisk Wednesdays: Filet Mignon and Artichokes with Bearnaise Sauce

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Food Blogging Event

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Paul and I bought a used copy of Le Cordon Bleu at Home from Half Price Books a few months ago, and ever since we’ve been joking around about how we should do one lesson a week from the book until we’ve worked our way through the whole thing. Some would be review for us, some would be brand new skills, but we figured it would be the quickest way to learn enough to pull off cooking like a pro for our friends and family. So imagine my surprise when I visit Whisk and see that there’s an event, Whisk Wednesdays, dedicated to doing just that.

Filet Mignon with Bearnaise

This week’s dish was Coeur de Filet Henri IV (Filet mignons with artichokes and Berarnaise sauce). I was a little trepidatious because I’m not a huge fan of artichokes (and at $3 each, it would be an expensive failed experiment if we hated them). Rather than doing the full recipe of 6 crappy quality filets, we instead decided to just spring on 2 really good quality tenderloin cuts from Bluescreek.

I seared the steaks (and tried out the infrared searing burner on my new grill at the same time), and then set them aside to finish on a colder part of the grill. In the meantime, Paul was inside prepping the artichokes, and starting the sauce. We were right about the artichokes – I can’t believe there’s so much waste with a single vegetable. The sauce came along swimmingly, and emulsified with no problem. We threw some fries into the deep fryer instead of making them from scratch like the recipe suggested.

And then, after the steaks rested and we got everything plated up, we sat down to eat. Our impressions? The steak was amazing, as filet mignon usually is. Our only complaint with the Bearnaise is that we wish we had made more. I was completely right about eating artichokes – I don’t think we trimmed them correctly so what little I did eat made my throat scratchy, and I hated the stringy texture. I was a little peeved that I wasted some of the amazing Bearnaise by pouring it on those godawful artichokes. The fries were great dipped in the Bearnaise.

Next week uses artichokes again. :( Not sure how I’m going to get around that one, because I guarantee that an artichoke that doesn’t come out of a can won’t be passing through my lips again anytime soon. ;)

So if you have the book, join us in cooking from it each week! One more week of sauces, then we’re on to soups.

8 Responses to “Whisk Wednesdays: Filet Mignon and Artichokes with Bearnaise Sauce”

  1. sara Says:

    Hi Becke, So glad that you had a scucess with the steaks. Perhaps you cleaned the chokes correctly but they were not cooked long enough? Maybe next week will be better. I love that you and Paul made this together.

  2. Louise Says:

    Hi Becke,

    You have the most amazing! blog.

    Whisk Wednesdays sounds like an interesting blog event. I have made note of it.

    Gee, I think ol’ Henry favored cabbage more than artichokes but I don’t really see cabbage & bernaise making much of a marriage.

  3. Shelley Says:

    Hi, Becke! What a funny post. I could FEEEL that prickly choke in my own throat when I read your hilarious description. You’re right — it’s a lot of work and waste for such a small bit of edible veggie.

    I’m interested to know how the infrared thingamajiggy worked on your new grill. I have heard of such, but never seen. Or tasted.

  4. Kayte Says:

    Great post, Becke…it is so much fun to read what we all did and how it all turned out and the experiences just add to the whole learning experience. I just love that. Thanks for joining us. You do have an amazing blog.

    Okay…we have everyone’s husband’s name except Shari’s…she is keeping him a secret maybe…LOL. Mark, Brian, Ryan, Paul…we are lucky they all like to cook and eat (Okay, Mark eats a whole lot more than he ever cooks, but he’s always game for new things, so that counts for a lot).

    I was sad to hear that everyone had such problems with the artichokes as I found them so good and can’t wait to make them again. I only paid $1.98 for one…you all paid more, so that might not be as much fun if I paid more and it didn’t turn out. Ours were so velvety smooth and buttery soft tasting just so yummy with a bit of that sauce…we really liked them. Oh, yeah, and my artichokes were way more expensive than any of yours if you add in Justin’s fee….LOL!

    Thanks for joining Whisk Wednesdays….I look forward to cooking each week with you…it was destiny the moment you bought that book.

  5. Kayte Says:

    Great post, Becke…it is so much fun to read what we all did and how it all turned out and the experiences just add to the whole learning experience. I just love that. Thanks for joining us. You do have an amazing blog.

    Okay…we have everyone’s husband’s name except Shari’s…she is keeping him a secret maybe…LOL. Mark, Brian, Ryan, Paul…we are lucky they all like to cook and eat (Okay, Mark eats a whole lot more than he ever cooks, but he’s always game for new things, so that counts for a lot).

    I was sad to hear that everyone had such problems with the artichokes as I found them so good and can’t wait to make them again. I only paid $1.98 for one…you all paid more, so that might not be as much fun if I paid more and it didn’t turn out. Ours were so velvety smooth and buttery soft tasting just so yummy with a bit of that sauce…we really liked them. Oh, yeah, and my artichokes were way more expensive than any of yours if you add in Justin’s fee….LOL!

    Thanks for joining Whisk Wednesdays….I look forward to cooking each week with you…it was destiny the moment you bought that book.

  6. Kayte Says:

    Great post, Becke…it is so much fun to read what we all did and how it all turned out and the experiences just add to the whole learning experience. I just love that. Thanks for joining us. You do have an amazing blog.

    Okay…we have everyone’s husband’s name except Shari’s…she is keeping him a secret maybe…LOL. Mark, Brian, Ryan, Paul…we are lucky they all like to cook and eat (Okay, Mark eats a whole lot more than he ever cooks, but he’s always game for new things, so that counts for a lot).

    I was sad to hear that everyone had such problems with the artichokes as I found them so good and can’t wait to make them again. I only paid $1.98 for one…you all paid more, so that might not be as much fun if I paid more and it didn’t turn out. Ours were so velvety smooth and buttery soft tasting just so yummy with a bit of that sauce…we really liked them. Oh, yeah, and my artichokes were way more expensive than any of yours if you add in Justin’s fee….LOL!

    Thanks for joining Whisk Wednesdays….I look forward to cooking each week with you…it was destiny the moment you bought that book.

  7. Kayte Says:

    Okay…that posted three times as I cannot figure out how to post on this. Sorry about that. I am better at cooking than computering. Obviously.

  8. Charise Says:

    Have you ever tried the frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s? That’s what I use – it’s less than $3 for a whole bag, and they are plain so don’t have that pickled/vinegary taste like the canned ones. I find it a good compromise, because I also balk at paying that much for fresh artichokes and find their preparation too time consuming and finicky.

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