filet Mignon and Shrimp Fondue by Lou Seibert Pappas This is a classic Christmas Eve dinner fondue.
After all, if the insurer is paying all your grocery claims, why not load up on filet mignon instead of ground turkey?
Skip the sirloin or prime rib; instead, order the filet and a baked potato with sour cream and chives.
1841 in cookery, reborrowing from French of the same word that had been taken 14c. and anglicized as fillet (q.v.). Filet mignon is attested as a French word in English from 1815.
The 'Chateaubriand,' the 'entrecôte,' and the 'filet mignon' (of mutton), with other forms, are all due to the more enlarged sympathies of the French butcher for what is perfect. We must entirely change the mode of cutting up the carcase before we can arrive at the same perfection in form of meat purchasable, and as that is hopeless, so is it useless to insist further on the subject on behalf of the public. ["The Kitchen and the Cellar," "Quarterly Review," April 1877]