Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fillet of beef cut from the tenderloin, often bound in bacon or suet for cooking.

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  • n. Filet mignon.

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  • n. thick steak cut from the beef tenderloin

Etymologies

French : tourner, to turn (from Old French; see turn) + dos, the back (from Latin dorsum).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Perigueux, Grand-veneur - for luxuriant dishes such as tournedos Rossini (fillet steak with foie gras on top) or roast veal with truffles; his archaic menu offerings of "Rum Baba comme à

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  • Champagne Sunday Brunch: Paris's or Bellagio's ... each has a variety of gourmet dishes - Bellagio's Friday Buffet will usually have game, tournedos of beef, king crab and the usual prime rib, steak, shrimp, etc. all of top quality, plus different entrees they rotate.

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  • Among entrees, the glazed Berkshire pork tournedos win best in show: tender pieces of loin accompanied by a bit of braised pork belly and fresh boudin noir, drizzled in hearty pork jus.

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  • In contrast, the splendid pork tournedos, garnished with candied pork belly and a crumble of boudin noir, matched nicely with a lively juniper-infused jus.

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  • When butter foams, sauté the tournedos to your preference, then immediately remove from heat.

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  • Even though the dish serves 6, I had two tournedos.

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  • New Zealand Beef tells you that one side of the T-bone flesh is the tenderloin, agreeing with Child et al., one part of this is the tournedos.

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  • This is clear enough, but another source, Martha Stewart, says that filet mignon and tournedos are the same thing in America.

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  • In terms of repeatability, the tournedos, truthfully, are very simply prepared.

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  • Today's choice selection, tournedos, ensured that I checked a few references before embarking on a the recipe selected for That Cookbook Thing II.

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  • Tournedos is said to have originated when the composer Rossini ordered it in a Parisienne restaurant. The waiter was so reluctant to serve such an exquisite cut of meat in this way that he told Rossini that he couldn't bear to see meat served in that fashion, to which Rossini is reputed to have replied, "if you don't wish to see it served that way then 'tourner' (to turn) 'dos' (the back)"

    April 16, 2009