filet mignon

fi·​let mi·​gnon | \ ˌfi-(ˌ)lā-mēn-ˈyōⁿ How to pronounce filet mignon (audio) , fi-ˌlā- \
plural filets mignons\ ˌfi-​(ˌ)lā-​mēn-​ˈyōⁿz How to pronounce filets mignons (audio) , fi-​ˌlā-​ \

Definition of filet mignon

: a thick slice of beef cut from the narrow end of a beef tenderloin

Examples of filet mignon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shaking Beef Legendary chef Charles Phan (of Slanted Door fame) uses filet mignon in his version of the classic recipe. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "From Fast Pho to Sizzling Crêpes, 16 Vietnamese Recipes That’ll Have You Pining for Saigon," 22 Jan. 2020 There are steak, chicken, filet mignon and shellfish choices to mix and match, along with interesting Japanese fried rice, made with short-grain sushi rice. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Ninja Sushi and Hibachi: Finding fine sushi on Lake Erie shores," 3 Jan. 2020 What was this goodness that tasted to us like a cross between a buttery smooth filet mignon and rich, marbley ribeye? Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Here they are: The 12 best dishes we ate all year," 25 Dec. 2019 See above for some unbelievably over-the-top versions featuring ingredients from filet mignon to Cheetos. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "From tamales to Flamin' Hot Cheetos, sink your teeth into these insane burgers," 13 Dec. 2019 Choices will include minestrone soup, Caesar salad, lobster ravioli, filet mignon, gnocchi Sorrentina, branzino Mediterraneo, panettone and tiramisu. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Looking for a Christmas Eve and/or Day restaurant? Look no further.," 3 Dec. 2019 Think of the oil that comes out of the ground like a steer: The nicest cuts are carved into filet mignon and ribeyes. Wired, "Cleaner Ships May Mean More Expensive Holidays," 23 Sep. 2019 Smoked salmon chowder and filet mignon on the same menu? Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Officers Club serves up sophisticated, retro vibes in a former airplane hangar," 10 Dec. 2019 Moles are ladled over things like enchiladas, or teetering piles of rice and julienned vegetables and your choice of protein — the shrimp and filet mignon are solid options, although the meats are best used for mopping up errant pools of mole. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At la Diosa de los Moles, otherworldly cooking from L.A.’s mole goddess," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of filet mignon

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for filet mignon

French, literally, dainty fillet

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11 Feb 2020

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“Filet mignon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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