February 10, 2015

Coffee Rubbed Filet Mignon for your Valentine

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Are you planning to make a Valentine’s Day dinner for your special someone?

Valentine’s Day is certainly a popular day for dinner reservations but why not create the perfect meal at home for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing flavor or taste? There’s something about a home cooked meal that screams love and I can’t think of a better way to show my Valentine how much he means to me.

For my Valentine, steak is the go-to menu item of choice. I knew I could find a wide variety of steaks and high-quality cuts of beef to choose from at my local ShopRite. After perusing the the meat case and speaking to the in-store butcher, I opted for the fresh cut filet mignon. I decided I was going to prepare a special coffee-rubbed filet mignon.

I know what you are thinking, coffee as a steak marinade? But, trust me. Not only does coffee add an incredible amount flavor to meats, its natural enzymes also act as a tenderizer. I like to use coffee grounds as a dry rub but you could also marinate your steak in cold coffee.

To begin I prepared a dry rub for the steak. I coated all sides of the steak and allowed it to rest in the rub for 30 minutes.

I then heated a hot stove top cast iron grill. While I love to grill outdoors, we are in the middle of winter so the indoor grill is my only option. A cast-iron frying pan could work too.

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The key to a great steak – whether indoors or out – is to create a nice crust on the outside without overcooking. I like to flip my steaks more than once and rotating the steak on the grill at a 90 degree angle. The coffee-rub creates a beautiful crust on the steak.

Once the steak was done I then allowed it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.  I like my filet cooked well-done but you can certainly cook your Coffee-Rubbed Filet Mignon to your desired temperature.

I served my Coffee-Rubbed Filet Mignon with a baked potato and steamed green beans.

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It truly was the perfect meal for my perfect Valentine. Romantic and flavorful all within the comfort of my home.


Serves 4


3 tablespoons ground coffee

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 filet mignon steaks


Combine spices in a small bowl until mixed evenly. Coat all sides of the filet mignon and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. Place filet on hot grill and cook evenly until desired doneness. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.

This post was written by Linda Arceo of Giggles, Gobbles and Gups

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