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Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Shallots & Red Wine


Serves 6

  • 1 2-1/2- to 3-lb. beef tenderloin roast (preferably the head piece), trimmed of silverskin, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbs. cold unsalted butter
  • 3 large shallots, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine, preferably a fruity California Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, plus 1/2 tsp. chopped
  • 3/4 cup homemade or low-salt beef broth
Tip: It’s important to let the beef rest before slicing it; this allows the juices to redistribute from the outside of the roast throughout the whole roast, making this lean cut very juicy.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F. Brush or rub the beef with the oil and put the beef in a 9x13-inch roasting pan lined with aluminum foil. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.

Roast the beef until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F to 125°F for rare, about 25 min.; 125°F to 130°F for medium rare, about 30 min. (The temperature of the beef will rise 5°F as it rests.) Wrap the beef in the foil that lines the pan and let rest on a carving board for 10 to 15 min.

While the beef roasts, make the sauce. Melt 2 Tbs. of the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, until they soften and turn golden brown, 8 to 10 min. Add the wine and the rosemary sprig and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the volume of wine and shallots reduces to 1/2 cup, about 3 min. Add the broth and continue to boil until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 5 min. Reduce the heat to low. Remove the rosemary sprig and stir in the chopped rosemary. Cut the remaining 2 Tbs. cold butter into small cubes and add a few of them at a time to the sauce, stirring to melt each addition.

Unwrap the tenderloin and stir any accumulated juices into the sauce. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Slice the meat and serve with the sauce.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings, Calories (kcal): 480, Fat (kcal): 33, Fat Calories (g): 300, Saturated Fat (g): 14, Protein (g): 37, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14, Carbohydrates (mg): 2, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1.5, Sodium (g): 370, Cholesterol (g): 145, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Prepared this as written and it was delicious, definitely will make again.

I made this for Christmas dinner. So easy and impressive. I would highly recommend it.

We returned from Paris earlier this week and I was in the mood to cook something with a French feel, but also quick and easy. I tried this recipe and it was perfect! The roast was cooked to the perfect temperature (I took it out of the oven at exactly 125 degrees). The sauce. The sauce! It is so delicious and the perfect compliment to the beef. This recipe is going into my active rotation.

This was a hit in my house! Can't wait to make again, this recipe is going in my rotation.

It's the sauce that makes it! Trying this before hand for this Christmas, I used a top round roast and a mediocre red wine (one that was opened when I last made tomato sauce). I can only imagine what it would taste like with a really good red wine. Also made mashed potatoes (Yukon gold for their creamy-ness) and steamed brocolli. Great meal!

We've used this recipe many times because it's fantastic!

Absolutely tremendous. Served with Roasted Beets with White Balsamic & Citrus Dressing PLUS Skillet Roasted Rosemary Potatoes.

If you ever doubted God existed just make this.Words can't describe it!Great for a dinner party and easy to start ahead with little last minute work!

I made this a few years ago for Christmas dinner. I unfortunately lost the recipe and am thrilled to find it again! I'll have to say this was a huge hit! All my guests raved about the tenderloin. Little effort for an awesome result. I'll definitely be keeping this recipe in a safer location!

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