Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon
Filet mignon's lean nature means it can be short on flavor. Wrapping a slice of rich, smoky bacon around the steak adds both flavor and moisture.
Why This Recipe Works
Expensive filet mignon is a tender cut of beef, but its lean nature means it can be short on flavor. It’s no wonder that many recipes say to wrap a slice of rich, smoky bacon around the steak, which adds flavor and moisture. But the combination of bacon and high heat (the traditional heat for steaks) is a recipe for disaster. Microwaving the bacon in our Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon recipe between two plates kept it from shrinking and made it easier to wrap around the filets. To get the bacon crisp and caramelized, we sprinkled it with a little sugar. A second slice or raw bacon wrapped around each bacon-wrapped filet basted the meat as it cooked, adding even more bacon flavor. To get a nice char from cooking beef over high heat, we removed the extra bacon, moved the steaks to the hottest part of the grill, and quickly seared one side until the meat was a perfect medium-rare.