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Recipe

Sear-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Cognac-Peppercorn Cream Sauce

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2 cups

Servings: 8

Sophisticated yet comforting, this sauce is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

For the beef

  • 1 trimmed whole beef tenderloin (3-1/2 to 4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium clove garlic, mashed to a paste
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil

For the sauce

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 3 cups unsalted or lower-salt chicken stock or broth
  • 4 small sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/4 cup using a rasp grater)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice; more as needed
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 710
      Fat Calories (kcal): 480
      Fat (g): 54
      Saturated Fat (g): 26
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 20
      Cholesterol (mg): 230
      Sodium (mg): 720
      Carbohydrates (g): 7
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 42

Preparation

Sear-roast the beef

  • Fold the thinner end of the tenderloin under to create an evenly thick roast; secure with twine. Rub the beef all over with 1 Tbs. salt. Wrap it in butcher paper or plastic wrap, put it on a platter or rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Remove the beef from the refrigerator and let sit for about an hour before roasting. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 475°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, honey, soy sauce, thyme, and a few grinds of pepper; set aside.
  • Heat a flame-proof roasting pan over medium-high heat, using 2 burners if necessary. Add the oil, swirling the pan to coat, and then add the beef. Cook, turning with tongs, until well browned on all sides, about 12 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board; wipe out the pan.
  • Brush the glaze over all of the beef, return it to the roasting pan, and roast to an internal temperature of 120°F for rare, 16 to 20 minutes, or 125°F for medium rare, 22 to 26 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes.

Make the sauce

  • Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the Cognac, turn the heat up to high, and boil until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock and thyme and boil until the mixture has reduced to just over 1 cup, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  • Stir in the cream and black pepper and lower the heat to maintain a gentle boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced to 2 cups and is a bit thicker than heavy cream, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the Parmigiano, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Once the cheese has melted, season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lemon juice.
  • Slice the tenderloin 1/2 inch thick and pour any juice that has accumulated over the sliced beef. Serve the beef with the sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

The sauce may be made 1 day ahead, but be sure to let it cool before covering and refrigerating. Reheat gently.

The tenderloin can be tied and salted up to 2 days ahead; keep it wrapped in butcher paper or plastic in the refrigerator.

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  • GraniteRidge | 05/21/2017

    This recipe is fabulous! I followed the instructions for the roast, but cooked it on the grill instead. I seared the roast, then applied the glaze and grilled on indirect heat for an hour at 375 ( 5 pound tenderloin). The sauce was delicious as well. Served it with truffle mac and cheese, saluted mushrooms and grilled asparagus.

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    Ajawaan | 02/21/2017

    Amazing! Followed recipe exactly!

  • AlaskanWolf | 01/03/2017

    This dish is definitely for special occasions! The best part is that it cooks in less time than a 4 hour turkey or 6 rib prime! The cut of this tenderloin is fantastic! I didnt sear long enough the first time according to direction-will do it next time! The glaze and peppercorn sauce compliment it very well! guests who usually have turkey/prime rib said this was one of the best they have had! The cut of beef is very good and such help on time! This is just as fancy for Christmas dinner! This coupled with scalloped potatoes and white choc mac cake was a feast for the senses! Everybody stopped to experience each one separately! Highly recommend!

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