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  • Tyler Florence

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.

  • Season both sides of the filet mignon generously with salt and pepper. In a large heavy, ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Place the steaks in the hot pan and cook until well seared on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the steaks over; there should be a nice crust on top. Then transfer the pan to the oven. Roast for 10 to 12 minutes until the steaks are cooked medium-rare (add 4 more minutes for medium).

  • On a sheet tray layout bread cubes & drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt & pepper than bake in oven for 10 minutes or until nice and golden brown. Shake tray occasionally to toss croutons and ensure they get a nice even color all over. Set aside.

  • In a separate pan lay the bacon out flat and fry over medium heat until crispy. Slice the tomatoes into wedges and drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cut the romaine hearts in half down the middle and set aside.

  • Make the blue cheese dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, blue cheese and chives in a large mixing bowl and stir with a whisk until everything is combined. The dressing should remain slightly chunky from the blue cheese - this dressing can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated.

  • To assemble, smear blue cheese dressing on a platter. Place two halves of romaine hearts crossed over each other next to it. Arrange 5 or 6 tomato wedges around the lettuce then finish with crispy crumbled bacon strips. Sprinkle with croutons and set the filet on the plate next to the salad. Add a generous dollop of creamy blue cheese dressing and garnish all over with chopped chives.