Beef is a good source of many nutrients, including zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins, making it a healthy addition to a well-balanced diet. Many cooking techniques work with beef, and a filet wrapped in bacon is a tasty way to indulge. Look for pre-wrapped filets in the meat cooler at your supermarket, or buy filets and wrap them yourself at home. Adults should get 5 to 6-1/2 oz. of meat each day.
Wrap the filets with a piece of raw bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Sprinkle the filet with salt and pepper.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the filets on the center of the grill to ensure even cooking.
Cook a 1-inch bacon-wrapped filet for 5 to 10 minutes for a rare steak, 7 to 12 minutes for medium and 9 to 14 minutes for well done. Use tongs to turn the steaks halfway through grilling so both sides are evenly cooked.
Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. A rare filet needs to reach an internal temperature of 140 F, medium-rare is 145 F, medium is 160 F, medium-well is 165 F and well done is 170 F.
Allow the bacon-wrapped filets to stand for about 5 minutes. If you cut the meat right away, the juices will run out, leaving you with a dry and chewy steak.
Preheat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat.
Sprinkle the filet with salt and pepper and place it in the middle of the preheated pan.
Cook a 1-inch filet for 8 to 11 minutes for rare, 12 to 14 minutes for medium and 15 to 17 minutes for well-done. Flip the steaks every couple of minutes so each side is cooked to the same degree of doneness.
Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the filet to check for doneness.
Salt and pepper is a simple way to season beef, but mix and match your favorite herbs and spices to create different flavors. Many beef spice blends are available that allow you to try different tastes without having to mix your own. Try diced fresh herbs and chopped garlic for more intense flavors.