Filet mignons with spring onion salsa verde

4
4
4
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
23 min
Prep
12 min
Cook
8 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
This steak recipe seems tailor-made for the first alfresco dinner of springtime. It gets its name from the generous helping of fresh chopped herbs and capers in its chimichurri-like topping. Vidalia onions are grown exclusively in a small region surrounding Vidalia, Georgia. Known for their sweetness, they are planted each autumn and harvesting begins in April. If you can't find them, use Oso Sweet, Walla Walla, or Maui onion instead. You want an onion with very little of the typical, eye-watering kick. If you have leftovers, slice the meat thinly against its grain and tuck it into a delicious steak sandwich with some of the onion mixture, leaf lettuce, and sliced radish.

Ingredients

Olive oil

3 tsp

Uncooked vidalia onion(s)

½ medium, or other sweet onion, thinly sliced

Garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

Red pepper flakes

tsp

Fresh parsley

cup(s), flat-leaf, chopped

Basil

cup(s), chopped

Capers

1 Tbsp, drained

Lemon zest

½ tsp, grated

Fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

Table salt

¾ tsp

Uncooked lean and trimmed beef filet mignon

16 oz, 4 (1/4-pound) steaks

Black pepper

tsp, coarsely ground

Fresh radish(es)

2 small, very thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and pepper flakes and cook, stirring constantly, until onion is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl and stir in parsley, basil, capers, lemon zest and juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Transfer to bowl and cover to keep warm.
  2. Wipe out skillet. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the black pepper. Add steaks to skillet and cook, turning once, until instant-read thermometer inserted into side of steak registers 145°F, about 4 minutes. Serve steaks with onion mixture and top with radishes.
  3. Per serving: 1 filet mignon and 3 tablespoons salsa verde

Notes

Vidalia onions are only grown in a small region surrounding Vidalia, Georgia. They are planted in autumn and harvesting begins in April. If you can't find them, use Oso Sweet, Walla Walla, or Maui onion instead.