Filet Mignon in Rosemary and Butter


Kylie was going to be at a friend’s tonight, which meant it was just Dennis and I for the evening. We thought about going downtown for dinner, but then I decided maybe it would be fun to just stay at home, cook and have a relaxing evening … we are going to have to get used to her not being home when she heads to college next year. As much as I hate the thought of Kylie being away, I also try to think about the things Dennis and I can do to keep busy during the school year. It would be crazy to think we’d go to dinner every night because there will only be two of us to cook for at the house.  I’m going to embrace this time, enjoy it, and challenge myself to cook most nights for just Dennis and me. Of course, I will miss my girlie like crazy, but this is life. We raise them to be self-sufficient and take on the world, after all. One of the schools she applied to is University of Montana … as luck would have it, while we are home this fine evening, we are watching them play against Idaho State. We are watching the game, wondering what it would be like for Kylie to attend their school. One of her softball friends is going there, imagine the fun they’d have if Kylie decides to go to University of Montana as well. They’ve already texted about maybe rooming together.  See, she’ll be fine, with a friend, and having a blast. Let’s see if that’s the school she chooses.

For dinner I decided to make filet mignon seasoned with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and finished in the oven with butter and fresh rosemary.

We enjoyed our steaks with a caesar salad and crusty bread.

It was perfectly satisfying and not at all too filling. I hate leaving the dinner table feeling full. I liked that I walked away feeling like I had a light meal. I googled the nutrition information for filet mignon and it is actually a healthy choice. It is lower in fat and the calorie content is also on the lower side. A 3 ounce serving of filet mignon contains 185 calories. I am not one to eat beef on a regular basis, I prefer to eat chicken, fish or turkey because it’s lean. I do think, however, it is OK to have red meat once in a while. I know a lot of people like to eat meat more often, I’ve just always preferred chicken. That being said, I will definitely be adding this filet recipe into our dinner rotation periodically.


  • 2 filet steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set meat out to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Sprinkle both sides of steak with kosher salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet on medium high. Place meat in hot skillet and sear for 3 minutes on the first side. Do not disturb meat. After 3 minutes, turn meat and sear for another 2-1/2 minutes.

Turn off heat and place a half tablespoon of butter on each filet. Sprinkle with fresh rosemary and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes. If you want your steak cooked a little more, keep in the oven for 8-10 minutes.


Until next time, Kris

5 Comments Add yours

  1. jliston says:

    Hi Kris,
    We hope Kylie chooses UM. If she does, please consider submitting one of her favorite recipes to our Family Favorites program so she can share it with her campus friends. Here is the link:
    We’re going to try your french toast waffles at our house.

    Best to you and Kylie (please have her contact our Admissions Office if she has any questions).

    Go Griz!

    Your new foodie fans at UM


    1. Hi! Thank you so much for your comment on Sunshine and Savory! Kylie loved the French toast waffles as well. Her and I are going to pick out a recipe from my blog tonight that we will share on your link.

      University of Montana is one of Kylie’s top choices and is, in fact, the first school she’s applied to. She’s been anxiously checking the mail daily in hopes of an acceptance letter. She fell in love with your school when University of Montana came to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the annual college fair. We stopped at your booth for information and Kylie really felt comfortable when talking with your representative. She can really see herself excelling at University of Montana.

      We had so much fun watching your football play on Saturday evening. We will be routing for the Grizzlies at all your games. Go Griz!!

      Kris Braunreiter


    2. Hello UM!
      Kylie has chosen the Linguine in Vodka Sauce as one of her favorite recipes and we have uploaded this recipe to your link.
      Thank you for allowing us to post a recipe on your school’s link.
      Go Griz!
      Kris and Kylie Braunreiter


      1. Jed says:

        Hi Kris and Kylie,

        That sounds yummy!! My family loves vodka sauce so I might just have to try it this week. 🙂

        I did talk to Admissions yesterday and Kylie should be getting mail from them very soon. Emily was the one you chatted with at the college fair and she wanted me to tell you to contact her directly if you have any questions at all.

        Take Care,



      2. Hi Jed!
        Thank you so much! That is such exciting news, Kylie will be so happy to receive mail from University of Montana! Let me know how you like the vodka sauce. Kylie has fond memories of meeting Emily. She was so sweet and informative.
        Have a great day!


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