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Recipe

Beef Tenderloin with Roquefort-Pecan Butter

Featured in our 2020 Christmas Guide
Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

These tender steaks, topped with a tangy blue cheese and toasted nut butter, make for a main course that’s ready in minutes but feels like you fussed.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. (1/2 cup) pecan halves, chopped
  • 4 1-1/2-inch-thick center-cut beef tenderloin steaks (6 to 7 oz. each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 3 oz. Roquefort, at room temperature
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbs. whole flat-leaf parsley leaves

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 640
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 470
  • Fat (g): 53
  • Saturated Fat (g): 21
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 21
  • Cholesterol (mg): 170
  • Sodium (mg): 730
  • Carbohydrates (g): 3
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 39

Preparation

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Put the pecans on a small rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant and pale golden on the cut sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • Pat the steaks dry and season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Heat a 10-inch ovenproof, heavy-duty skillet (preferably cast iron; don’t use a nonstick skillet) over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the oil and swirl the skillet to coat. Add the steaks and cook, flipping once with tongs, until well browned on both sides, 6 to 7 minutes total. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook the steaks until an instant-read thermometer registers 125°F for medium rare, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mash together the cheese and butter with a fork and then stir in the pecans.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and top the steaks with the Roquefort butter. Let the steaks rest in the pan, loosely covered with foil, for 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the parsley leaves.

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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • pesaylor | 05/19/2020

    Truly fantastic! Added some scallions to the butter mixture which we thought worked really well.

  • snibb | 05/24/2019

    Absolutely delicious. Made recipe as it, used only 3 steaks. Agree with previous reviewer-make extra pecan-butter to use on crackers or bread.

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