I have made this five times and it is always fantastic. I always use a decent Zinfandel ($20-$25) and it does make a difference, though the wine reduction sauce is always excellent. I use a 'stay in the oven' thermometer and take the roast out at 130F and it is perfectly medium rare after 15 minutes of resting. I make 1 1/2 cups of sauce even when I only cook a 3 pound roast, as the sauce is so good on other food. I always get asked for this recipe.
I'm rating the sauce only. Didn't make the tenderloin. I used this for filet mignon on New Year's Eve. I followed the instructions exactly except I used regular beef broth (Minors') and didn't add salt. Then I sauteed more mushrooms and shallots, added them to the sauce and served them on the platter with the sliced filet. After the beef and mushrooms were gone, guests were passing the platter and using baguettes to sop up the sauce! Definitely worth the time. Really easy to do, too. Also, I made the sauce about two hours in advance, refrigerated, then reheated at the last minute.
Gotta say, this was one of the finest recipes I ever tried. I was intimidated at first. Would have hated to screw up such an expensive cut of meat. I bought a 5 pound tenderloin at Costco and cut it in half. The wine sauce was outstanding, too! Great holiday meal that I will be sure to make for years to come. Don't change anything about this recipe. The flavor the spices give the meat are second to none.
I saw this come thru XMAS morning. We sort of forgot about dinner and I got intrigued. Found a Safeway, bought the LAST tenderloin they had, found a tuna steak for me, and came home to spend a great afternoon cooking! My husband said it was the best he had ever had! Had to use dried thyme because the market was out of fresh, but it was still outstanding!
The tenderloin was just over 3 lbs, and my husband cut it into 3 roasts (I don't eat meat). If you do this with a smaller roast, such as we did, start checking the meat at 20 minutes. Oh - I used a Bogle Zin for the sauce.
Quite easily the best meat dish I have ever cooked. Worth the price of the beef tenderloin!
"As good as going out to a fancy restaurant!" was one comment. I modified the spices, but kept lots of thyme and black pepper. The wine sauce was wonderful and it was easy to make ahead and warm up for serving. I'm not much of a beef eater,myself, but will definitely make this --and enjoy this--again!
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Very Good and super easy! I realized at the last minute that I didn't have either fennel seed or caraway, so I just used salt, pepper, and fresh thyme for the rub. the sauce reduced in a reasonable amount of time for me and it was delicious. I knew I had a winner when I saw my brother ladling the sauce over his scalloped potatoes! We are enjoying the leftovers in sandwiches, too.
I often make beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner, so I thought I'd give this one a try. It is absolutely fantastic! My guests loved it and the sauce was out of this world good! It does take a little time to get the sauce reduced to the proper volume, but I just turned up the heat a smidgen and this helped. Cooked to just under 140 and let it rest...meat was a perfect medium. Melts in your mouth and the sauce is definitely worth the effort!
Although it took a long time to make, the red wine sauce was worth it! I seared the beef before putting in the oven. Delicious & will be my annual Christmas dinner. My husband & guests loved it. Plus my house smelled awesome!
I saw a picture of this and wanted to try. I never cooked tenderloin and was excited to see how it will taste with all the ingredients and at the same time I was nervous. I LOVED how this turned out! I rubbed the beef the night before and when it came out from the oven it SMELLED soooo good! The wine sauce was very good but most of my friends were eating without the sauce; the tenderloin will have a great flavor by the spices so if you like simple, you might not need the sauce. I had fun making the sauce :-)
I had about 15 people and there was NONE left! I did roast about 50 minutes (shooting for med-rare) and I thought it was more close to rare than med-rare. I will leave it for a little longer next time. (I have a gas oven...and it might be just my oven). It took about a few hours for me to do the sauce...simmering the sauce to get down to 1-1/2 cup took a little bit. Overall this was a very easy recipe and I would DO it again. I already recommended to my co-worker. enjoyed every step of the recipe and LOVED how it turned out!!!!!!
Made this delicious meal for a dinner party of six. I was nervous at first having never made a tenderloin before as it is an expensive cut of meat but I was determined. I followed the recipe to a T and it turned out AMAZING. Prepare to spoil your senses.