A Perfect Pairing


There are not many nights during the summer when my hubby and I can just grill out and enjoy the weather.  Our summers always seem to fill up quick with Cubs games, road trips, and weddings.  That is why tonight with how gorgeous it is outside we decided to take advantage of the weather.

Now we are the first to admit we love our wine.  We took our honeymoon to Napa and Sonoma Valley and cannot wait to return.  My hubby once said to me a great quote, ” You should not need a special occasion to open a bottle of great wine, opening it IS the occasion”.  And i could not agree more, this is why of course we needed a good bottle of wine to go with our dinner tonight.  So I sent the hubby downstairs to pick from our “special” wines, since honestly he is so much better at picking then me.  He came up with with a bottle that I was so excited to see.  I could not believe I forgot we still had a bottle of Carlisle 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel.  Now I know what most of you are thinking “Ew gross a Zinfandel”, but this is not the kind your grandmother drinks.  This is a bold, mature red that can stand out to the main star of dinner, a perfectly grilled filet mignon.

So the hubby decided that he wanted to grill us filet mignon after being inspired by Masterchef last night.  Yes I know, I know, that may have just embarassed him, but honestly living in this house it is either food shows or sports most nights.  The recipe is his own melding of several different methods, which is just incredible.

Mr. B’s Fantastic Filet

2 10 ounce filet mignon

3 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

2 teaspoons coarse grey salt

3 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


Preheat grill or start charcoal chimney.  Combine all ingredients except the filet and stir well.  Rub each filet with the mixture and ensure even coated.  Leave the steaks at room temperature for 30 minutes with to let the rub distribute.  Once the grill is ready, sear each side over direct heat for 3-4 minutes.***  Then move to indirect heat for 5 more minutes.  Let steak rest for 5 minutes to let the juices redistribute and enjoy!!


***The times are for medium rare-medium steaks.  Cook more or less for desired doneness.


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