Get the party started with these festive, super-delicious bites. Perfect medium-rare slices of filet, peppery arugula, briny capers and a creamy, tangy horseradish sauce come together on crunchy toasts for a festival of flavors and textures.
The best part: You can make all of the components of this app in advance, and simply assemble before serving. So you get to enjoy the party, too.
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 1/2 tbsp prepared horseradish
- 1 tbsp avocado oil mayonnaise
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 ButcherBox Filet Mignons about 5 ounces each
- Cooking spray
- 2 tsp high-heat cooking fat such as avocado oil or ghee
- 2 12-inch baguettes cut into ½-inch-thick slices on a diagonal (you should get 12 to 14 slices from each)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 loosely packed cup baby arugula
- 3 tbsp drained capers pat dry
- Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, horseradish, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (Yield: ⅔ cup)
- Make the steak: Remove the steaks from the fridge and let them stand on the counter until they reach room temperature, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250ºF. Place a wire cooling rack over a baking sheet. Mist the rack with cooking spray.
- Pat the steaks dry thoroughly with paper towels. Season generously all over with salt; sprinkle lightly with pepper. Place on the rack and bake until an instant-read thermometer stuck into the thickest part reads 120ºF (for medium rare), 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.
- Place a cast iron or other heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat until very hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Swirl the cooking fat over the bottom of the skillet and add the steaks immediately. Cook, flipping with tongs once or twice, until well seared on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let cool completely. Wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. (You can cook the steaks up to 1 day ahead; keep covered and refrigerated.)
- Make the crostini: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush with the olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the toasts are golden and crisp, 15 to 17 minutes, turning over halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. (You can make the crostini up to 2 days ahead; keep in a ziplock bag at room temperature.)
- Assemble the crostini: Thinly slice the filet against the grain (you should get 12 to 14 slices from each). Place the toasts on a serving platter. Top each with 1 or 2 arugula leaves, a slice of steak, ¼ to ½ teaspoon sauce and a few capers. Serve right away.
- You’ll have extra sauce left over. Serve it with another steak, or with chicken, fish or vegetables.
- You can make these without the crostini, if you like. Spread a bit of sauce over a slice of filet, top with a couple of arugula leaves, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Place the capers on top before serving.
Beth Lipton is a Brooklyn-based recipe developer and writer specializing in food and wellness. Her work has appeared in Clean Eating, Paleo magazine, FoodNetwork.com, Well+Good, Outside, Sleep.com and more. Beth's latest cookbook, Carnivore-ish, featuring 125 animal protein-forward recipes, is available now.