Apr 16: Lunch out; Filet Americain


Having collected a guest from Burbank Airport, we all decided it was easier to stop at the Country Deli for lunch. A variety of meals were eaten.

  • Average price with tax and tip, $18.63 per person.

Although our guest paid, so at one level it was free!


Our guest had specifically requested Filet Americain, which is fair as he was the one who suggested we try it when in Amsterdam. Although raw beef is not for everyone, we all love it. The astute foodie would recognize that this is a Steak Tartare variation.

We had previously prepared this in Amsterdam last year (video will be coming shortly) but the primary difference is in the food supply. In Amsterdam you can buy ground beef ground specifically for tartar. This is different from regular ground beef which should NEVER be used for tartare or Filet Americain.

In the absence of store bought ground beef, a sirloin steak was chosen. Fat was trimmed and the meat cut into coarse cubes before being put in the freezer for about 15 minutes. The freezer time creates a firmer meat that cuts better in the food processor, and it not as prone to overheating in the food process.

In the absence of a food processor, cut finely.

The recipe makes six serves.

  • The sirloin was $17.47 or $2.92 per serve
  • The shallot added 98c or 17c per serve
  • Mayonnaise cost $3.49 for the jar, and 1/5 was used, or 12c per serve
  • Worcestershire sauce is $4.13 per jar but only two tablespoons (not four) were used which works out to 5c per serve.
  • Similarly mustard adds 7c per serve.
  • The baguette was $2.00 or 50c per serve (for four).

Dinner tonight cost just $3.83 per serve.

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