I hope you are filled with wonderful holiday wishes and good cheer on this beautiful Christmas Day!
There are so many delicious dishes to cook at Christmas; one dish I love to do is my Filet Mignon Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction.It is important when making a filet mignon to get a really good cut of beef. In this recipe, the sweet balsamic really complements the savory beef.
I prefer to serve it with potatoes and a nice braised fennel or brussel sprouts on the side the sprouts are a personal favorite. Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!Filet Mignon Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction
“Filetto, or filet mignon, is one of the most voluptuous of all beef cuts, and because of its popularity and ease of preparation, there are a great many recipes for it. Here is a zesty Italian way of preparing filet mignon, simple but -mouth–watering. In this recipe, the complexity of flavors in the sauce comes from the reduction of the balsamic vinegar.
The traditional balsamic vinegar is delicious but expensive, so when making this reduction, use one of the different offerings of balsamic vinegar you find in the grocery store; it will yield a great sauce. If you feel extravagant and have one of those little precious bottles of the Balsamico Tradizionaleseven years old, aged in wooden casks in the solero methodinstead of making the reduction from the commercial balsamic vinegar, just drizzle some of the Tradizionale over the filet.
The Balsamico Tradizionale, made by selected producers, is always sold in the signature bottle with an onionlike base. The bottlers are different, the bottle shape the same and the product sublime.” ~ Lidia
- 3 cups commercial balsamic vinegar (see headnote)
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 celery stalks, cut into chunks
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, needles stripped
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- 2½-pound piece beef tenderloin, tied
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for serving
- 1 tablespoon -extra–virgin olive oil, plus more for serving