Talk about the ultimate entrée. This dish combines some of the finer points of haute cuisine into a feast of the best meat tastes on earth. Seared marbled Wagyu beef tenderloin, Hickory-Honey-Maple infused bacon, morel and shitake mushrooms in a bourbon duxelle preparation, and decadent fire-grilled foie gras in a light and flaky puff pastry. Sounds hard? Nope it's actually very easy, a bit time consuming, but after one bite you'll realized it was worth every second.
1In a small skillet cook seven slices of hickory honey-maple smoked bacon until crispy, drain, chop three of the slices, reserving four, and set both chopped and whole bacon slides aside, retain 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease in the skillet and pour the remaining grease into a small bowl. Set aside.
2In a the same skillet cook the chopped mushrooms and shallots in the bacon grease over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, add in the garlic, and cook for 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the bourbon and soy sauce. Continue stirring until the mixture is completely dry then remove from the burner and set aside.
3Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a cookie or baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Season both sides of the 4 filets with salt and pepper.
4Put the cast iron skillet with bacon grease on a medium-high burner and sear the four fillets for 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside to cool.
5In the grease remaining in the pan quickly sear the four slices of foie gras, for 1 minute per side. Remove from heat and set aside.
6Remove the puff pastry from the refrigerator and cut into four equal-sized squares, place them on the parchment paper and return to the refrigerator.
7Spread 1/4 of the mushroom mixture on one side of each fillet, flatten with your hand, then top with a slice of the foie gras and a slice of the bacon (you will have to break the bacon into two halves).
8Place one filet mushroom-foie gras-bacon side down in the center of each of the puff pastry squares flipping the meat over quickly. Using a pastry brush the inside edges of the pastry with the egg wash, fold over the edges and turn upside down on the parchment paper. Brush all over with the egg wash and cut two slits in the top of each pastry.
9Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until instant-read thermometer 125˚F for medium rare. Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.