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NATIONAL FILET MIGNON DAY – August 13

National Filet Mignon Day August 13

NATIONAL FILET MIGNON DAY

National Filet Mignon Day is observed annually on August 13th.  Usually, from a steer or heifer, a filet mignon is a steak cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin of the beef carcass.

  • Filet mignon is French for “cute fillet” or “dainty fillet”.
  • In French, filet mignon may be called “filet de boeuf”, which translates to beef fillet in English.
  • When found on a French menu, filet mignon may also refer to pork rather than beef.

The tenderloin from which the filet mignon comes is the most tender cut of beef and is also considered the most desirable and therefore the most expensive.

Filet mignon is commonly cut into 1 inch to 2 inch thick portions, grilled and then served as is.  When found in grocery stores, filet mignon is already cut into bacon wrapped portions.  The usual method for cooking the filet mignon is to cook it on high heat by either grilling, pan frying, broiling or roasting.  Restaurants may sometimes prepare the fillets served in a cognac cream sauce, au Poivre with peppercorns or in a red wine reduction.

Due to the low levels of fat found in the fillets, bacon is often used in cooking.  The bacon is wrapped around the fillet and pinned closed with a wooden toothpick.  The bacon adds flavor, and this process keeps the fillet from drying out during the cooking process.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy a nice evening with a delicious filet mignon meal, together with friends and family. Use #NationalFiletMignonDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Filet Mignon Day.

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