Hosting a formal dinner party calls added attention to the details – from your appetizers down to the decorations. At Today’s World Kitchen, we think formal dinner parties are the perfect opportunity to serve up extraordinary, Michelin starred dishes that impress your guests with variety and flavor.

Try out this formal dinner appetizer that’s certainly worthy of your most elegant celebration:

Filet Mignon Bites with Tomato Chutney

1 (10-ounce) filet mignon steak

1 cup tomato chutney

1 teaspoon cayenne powder

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 sheet puff pastry, cut into 18 (3″)-disks

6 ounces’ ash-ripened chèvre

For garish: 2 sprigs fresh dill


  1. Place each disk of puff pastry on a pan lined with parchment paper. Top each pastry with a layer of tomato chutney. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Then, top each slice with a thin layer of goat cheese and bake for another 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees.
  2. Season the filet mignon with 1 tablespoon oil, cayenne pepper, and salt. In a cast iron frying pan, sear beef on high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. To keep the meat moist and tender, do not pierce it. Then, transfer the beef to the oven, set at 450 degrees and roast for 7 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut small slices of the beef to fit the pastries.
  3. Top each warm pastry with a slice of filet mignon and garnish with dill. Serve immediately!


A tip from our social sharing for chefs platform: Try pairing it with a glass of red wine for the perfect formal dinner appetizer.