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Beef Tenderloin with Easy Cranberry Balsamic Sauce

Beef Tenderloin with Easy Cranberry Balsamic SauceA simple-to-prepare cranberry balsamic sauce easily adds an elegant, festive touch to this recipe for perfectly roasted tenderloin of beef, making it ideal fare for holidays and special occasions.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 whole beef tenderloin roast (about 4 to 5 pounds)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 (16-ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Combine thyme and pepper; reserve 1 teaspoon seasoning mixture for sauce. Press remaining seasoning mixture evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
  2. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 425°F (220°C) oven 50 to 60 minutes for medium rare; 60 to 70 minutes for medium doneness.
  3. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F (55°C) for medium rare; 150°F (65°C) for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F | 60°C for medium rare; 160°F | 70°C for medium.)
  4. Meanwhile prepare sauce. Combine vinegar and shallots in small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes. Stir in cranberry sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 6 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in reserved seasoning and salt.
  5. Carve roast into slices; serve with sauce.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Cattlemen's Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association.