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Simply put, this is one of the most elegant
entrées you can serve your guests. Tenderloin of beef
is the same cut from which filet mignon steaks are portioned.
Recipe courtesy of Kathleen Taggart
- 1 whole tenderloin of beef, approximately
5 to 7 pounds untrimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Using a sharp chef's or boning knife,
trim tenderloin and remove silver skin as for pork tenderloins.
Or request a butcher to provide you with a 'peeled and roast-ready
tenderloin of beef, silver skin removed.' You don't need it tied,
larded, or marinated. You will get a beautiful roast about 15-inches
long and 4-inches thick at one end, tapering toward the other
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
Place rack in middle level of oven. Line a 12 x 16-inch rimmed
baking sheet with aluminum foil to make cleanup easier. Place
a roasting rack on the baking sheet. Rub oil over all sides of
meat. Sprinkle with salt and a few grinds of pepper. Place roast
on rack, and tuck small 'tail' under so thin end of roast becomes
thicker and cooks evenly. Secure with kitchen string.
- Place tenderloin in oven and roast until
done to your preference-110°F to 120°F for medium rare,
130°F to 140°F for medium, 150°F for medium well.
To measure temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer in
middle of roast after about 35 minutes, or may take 45 to 50
minutes, depending on your oven and exact weight of roast.
- Let roast rest for 5 to 10 minutes to
allow juices to set. Place on a carving board and carve across
the grain into 1/4 to 1/2-inch slices, beginning at thin end
of tenderloin. The last slice or two usually has a little gristle,
which isn't visible before carving. You may prefer to reserve
it for another use rather than serve to guests.
Makes 12 servings.
Photo Courtesy of: Chronicle Books.
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