Roasted whole beef filet is the centerpiece of this holiday-worthy meal, complemented by vibrant sides.
Whole beef filet is an expensive cut, which makes it a perfect special-occasion treat (for more tips on trimming and cooking the filet, see Roasting a Beef Tenderloin. But unlike that other holiday stalwart turkey, beef filet roasts in less than an hour, so you’ll definitely want to have your side dishes ready to roll before you pop the beef in the oven. Complementing the beef are a garlicky ragoût of flageolet beans and sweet oven-dried tomatoes, and a crisp-yet-earthy mushroom and endive salad. Rich roquefort popovers are a full-flavored alternative to regular rolls.