This Grass-Fed Filet with Blue Cheese Butter is a splurge-worthy steak recipe that will rock your world! Not only is grass-fed steak better for you, but it also tastes amazing.
For years I thought that as long as the meat I was eating was organic, it was the best I could get.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Just because meat is organic, doesn't mean it is grass-fed.
Why is Grass-Fed Beef Important?
Simply put, cows are meant to eat grass and are healthier when they do. The resulting meat from these animals is lower in fat and calories. Depending on the cut, it can have one-third as much fat as a grain-fed animal - this is a pretty significant difference.
Additionally, there are nutritional differences in cows that eat grass versus those who consume corn or grains.
When cows eat corn and grains, it increases the Omega-6’s in the resulting meat. (And for the record, most all cows eat corn or grains. According to the documentary Food Inc, 70% of the corn grown in the US is fed to cattle. The bulk of this corn is GMO.)
Now Omega-6 fatty acids aren’t all bad. In fact, we need them.
However, too many is a bad thing.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats work together to regulate inflammation in the body. We already get way too many Omega-6 fats and not enough omega -3s. According to Tracy Wilczek, MS, RD “Ideally, you want to bring your omega-6-omega-3 ratio closer to 4-to-1, not the 20-to-1 that may people are at.”
Simply put, choosing grass-fed beef over grain fed is one step you can take to bring your omega-6-omega-3 ratio in line. By doing this, you help control internal inflammation that can lead to chronic disease.
The problem with grass-fed organic beef is that it can be tough to find. Most grocery stores offer a very limited selection, and what you do find is likely shipped in from overseas.
You can go to Whole Foods, but this isn't always convenient. Plus, don't assume that their beef is grass fed or organic. Much of their meat isn't!
I don't have hours to drive each week for our meat, so my solution is to order it online.
Here are the Top 5 Places I've found to do that.
Top 5 Places for Grass Feed Beef Organic Beef Delivery
Greensbury Market’s meat comes from small local American organic farms. All of their beef products are grass fed, and their chicken products are USDA certified organic free range. I love that they have amazing packs that allow you to stock your freezer. I’ll be getting the Organic Grass Fed Beef Sampler next time I need to stock up. Because they flash freeze their meat and hand pack it, it is guaranteed for freshness for up to 12 months in the freezer.
Having personally tried their meat, I can vouch for the fact that it is some of the best beef I've ever had.
They offer free shipping on orders over $150.
TX Bar Organics is a family owned and operated ranch in Northern California. They offer a full range of grass fed beef raised on certified organic pastures. All of their products are grass fed and finished with no antibiotics or hormones. They have a minimum order of $100 with free shipping over $175.
Scott River Ranch
Scott River Ranch is an Oregon-based ranch that offers organic grass fed and finished beef. In addition to pick-up and local delivery, they offer shipping via FedEx throughout the United States.
Blackwing Quality Meats
Blackwing Quality Meats offers 100% Organic Beef that is grass fed and pastured up to harvest day. They offer grass-fed Kobe beef and Angus beef. In addition to supplying retail store and food service operations, they offer direct shipping to the public.
Rocky Mountain Cuts
Rocky Mountain Cuts offers organic and grass fed beef that is leaner and higher in Omega-3s than traditional cuts. They offer flat-rate shipping throughout the U.S., with discounts for those East of the Mississippi.
To enjoy your grass-fed beef, I'm sharing a favorite recipe of mine that I've been making for years. This Grass-Fed Filet with Blue Cheese Butter is a splurge-worthy steak recipe that will rock your world!
Grass-Fed Filet with Blue Cheese Butter
- ½ cup grass-fed butter softened
- ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 24 ounces grass-fed Filets
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl combine butter, blue cheese, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Use your hands to form into a log. Cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
- Heat a grill pan to high heat. Brush the steaks with avocado oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness, about 4 minutes a side for medium-rare. Transfer to a plate and top with butter. Allow to sit for five minutes and serve.