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Pecan-Crusted Tenderloin
with Warm Cranberry-Jalapeño Sauce

No recipe image available.This festive pecan-crusted tenderloin, served with a spicy cranberry and jalapeño sauce, is an ideal entrée to grace your holiday table.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 to 3 pounds beef tenderloin roast, trimmed
3 tablespoons coarse-grain Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, chopped
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries
Juice of half an orange
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 (7-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and diced
1 small fresh jalapeño, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Zest of half a lime
Zest of half an orange

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
  2. Mix mustard, maple syrup, garlic, shallot, rosemary and thyme. Spread evenly over entire surface of tenderloin.
  3. Roll beef in the pecans, pressing firmly to cover tenderloin with nuts.
  4. Roast 45 to 60 minutes on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Remove when meat thermometer inserted in center reads 140ºF for medium-rare, 150ºF for medium. Allow roast to stand for 15 minutes before slicing.
  5. While roast is cooking, blend cranberries, juice and sugar in food processor for 30 to 45 seconds.
  6. Transfer to a sauté pan and add roasted red peppers, jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest and orange zest. Stir to mix.
  7. Allow sauce to stand for at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend. Warm sauce over low heat before serving. Do not boil. Add salt to taste.
  8. Carve tenderloin into 1/2-inch thick slices and serve with cranberry-jalapeño sauce.

Makes 6 to 10 servings.


  • Serve with roasted vegetables and sweet potato wedges.
  • Top sirloin cut 2-inches thick may be substituted for the tenderloin roast.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.