Impress your family and friends this holiday season with this stunning Filet Mignon Crostini with Romesco, Goat Cheese, and Crispy Shallot. It’s classy, it’s packed with bold flavors, and it’ll instantly give you some serious entertaining street cred.
Wow, I can’t believe Thanksgiving was last week and we are already into December!
Christmas music is officially turned on. I’ve already climbed into the attic to drag out all of our Christmas decorations (and without getting locked in a la Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation style might I add). And all that apple cider… yea, it’s been replaced by hot chocolate. A lot of hot chocolate.
I love this time of year.
The shopping for gifts. The cookie baking. The cookie eating. The collective generous holiday spirit of (most) New Yorkers. Getting together with family and friends. And of course, the parties.
You know how much I love small plates. Apps. Tapas. Finger food. It’s totally my jam. All little bites, jam packed with flavor. That’s totally my type of holiday eating. And entertaining. These Filet Mignon Crostini with Romesco, Goat Cheese, and Crispy Shallot… #legit
And really, no party is complete without some good wine.
I’m all about some good wine. Asheley and I absolutely love the stuff. And I’m not talking just open up a bottle of whatever you have lying around. Carefully selecting wine to pair with your food… picking a bottle that’s going to complement the flavors you’re pounding down at the table… that’s where the magic happens.
And guys. This Filet Mignon Crostini. I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just say this is some classy stuff. Like, you’ll definitely impress your family and friends when this is on your holiday menu. You can earn some serious entertaining street cred with these bad boys.
And it’s perfect with a bold wine like…. oh hey there Alamos Malbec. It’s equally bold, has some great natural acidity, and is super versatile with big-flavored foods like this crostini.
- 1 French baguette, cut into thin slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt
- 2 (8 ounce) filet mignon steaks, cooked to medium-rare
- Romesco Sauce (recipe below)
- 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- Crispy Shallots (recipe below)
- Parsley, for garnish
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 large plum tomato
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- All purpose flour
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Brush baguette slices with olive oil and season with Kosher salt. Toast baguette slices in a 350°F oven until lightly toasted.
- Top baguette with a spoonful of Romesco sauce and a few crumbles of goat cheese. Thinly slice filet mignon and place 1 or 2 slices on each piece of baguette. Top with a few crispy shallots and chopped parsley.
- Serve and devour immediately.
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Rub a little olive oil on both the pepper and tomato. Place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and roast, turning occasionally, until tender and charred in spots, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap for at least 10 minutes. Peel skin off of pepper and tomato. Remove seeds from pepper.
- Puree roasted pepper, roasted tomato, garlic, almonds, apple cider vinegar, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Slowly drizzle in olive oil until completely incorporated and season generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Heat about ½" of olive oil in a small fry pan over medium-high heat. Coat shallots in all purpose flour, shake to remove excess flour, and fry in batches until golden brown and crisp (about 25-45 seconds per batch). Remove to a paper towel lined plate and immediately sprinkle with Kosher salt.
Do you dare to pair with Alamos Malbec this holiday season? Alamos Malbec is grown at the foothills of the Andes using grapes that combine bold layers of flavor and excellent natural acidity for a versatile wine that you can dare to pair with a wide variety of holiday dishes. For daring pairing recipes and inspiration, visit Alamos Wines on Facebook.