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Grilled Petite Filet Sliders

Pan-fried thinly sliced beef filets topped with bacon, homemade horseradish sauce and watercress will please even the most discriminating diner.


  • 2 petite beef shoulder filets (about 1 1/2 pounds each)
  • 12 slices thick or butcher-cut bacon
  • Extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
  • Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 3-4 tablespoons chives, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 12-16 small French or brioche rolls, split and lightly toasted
  • 2 bunches watercress, trimmed, washed and dried


Bring the beef to room temperature before you begin to cook. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Pre-heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Arrange the bacon on a broiler pan and bake until crisp, 15-18 minutes.

Meanwhile, coat the beef with EVOO; season liberally with salt and pepper. In the heated skillet, brown the filets over medium-high heat, 5-6 minutes, then finish in the oven for another 5-6 minutes for medium to medium-rare. Remove and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

Combine the sour cream with the horseradish, chives and lemon juice; season, to taste.

Slice the meat very thinly against the grain. Serve on the rolls topped with the bacon, watercress leaves and horseradish cream.

Rachael Ray