Filet Américain is a Flemish / Belgian dish of finely-ground seasoned raw beef that is served cold.
Various seasonings are added to the beef to flavor it. It is only vaguely similar to French steak tartare.
Always grind coarsely on 1st pass. Optionally, grind a 2nd time for finely ground meat.
As a main meal dish, it is usually served with fries and pickles.
More often it is served as a spread on bread. When used on toast it is called cannibal toast.
Food safety warning:
Do not make this with store-bought mass-processed ground meat. Grind or mince a roast at home.
This is what you need for 4 servings:
1 lb. lean steak
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. non-pareil capers
- up to 12 pickled gherkins
- 1 tbsp. minced parsley
- 1 tbsp. raw onion, chopped fine
DIY ground meat:
Pic1: manual-cranked grinder
Pic2: 1st pass always coarse
Pic3: optional 2nd pass can be finer (but doesn't have to be)
Pic4: slice & dice the meat
Pic5: 1st pass always coarse
Pic6: optional 2nd pass can be finer (but doesn't have to be)
DIY ground meat:
Only make this with freshly ground raw beef.
Frozen ground meat leaks and will get mushy when it thaws.
Purchase a large, very lean roast to make this.
Slice and dice the meat into pieces that will easily fit into the grinder feed.
The smaller the pieces, the easier for the grinder.
Cut out any visible gristle, because that clogs up the grinder knives.
Grind the meat with the coarse grinding plate
Optional: make a second pass with a finer grinding plate.
Repackage and refrigerate for up to 3 days until needed.
Pic7: 2017-05-30 - salt & mayo only, served with greens
Pic8: 2020-02-09 - filet Américain as per recipe on this page
Pic9: 2020-03-14 - capers, mayo, hot sauce
Making filet Américain:
I don't always add the same sauces or spices.
Place the meat in a mixing bowl and add egg yolks, Worcestershire sauce and S&P to taste.
Mix well until a smooth paste is obtained.
Add in the remaining ingredients.
Garnish with pickle slices. (Pic5)
Alternatively, add 1 tbsp. non-pareil capers.
Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days until needed.
Serve and enjoy.
Pic10: 2016-04-22 - Américain préparé aka prepared filet Américain
Pic11: cannibal toast
Pic12: served as a meal internet picture
- Use as a spread on bread, toast or sandwich roll.
- Make 4 portions and serve cold with fries and pickles. (Pic12)
Pic13-15: coarsely-ground beef, mayo, apricot jam
- Grind the meat coarsely.
This gives a different texture. See which you like best.
- Do not mix the sauces into the meat, but spread them on the bread.
That way you can get more variety, no need to make the whole batch with the same sauce.
- Serve the meat on top, between. Enjoy.