Beef tenderloin is popular at Christmas, but few guests will have had it served this way, with a savory, smoky bread stuffing, baked to just the right amount of crisp on the outside and tender, medium-rare meat within. Learn more about the technique and see a stop-action video on the wrapping process here.
For best results, be sure the chain, the thin piece of meat and fat that runs along the length of the tenderloin,
is removed. You can remove it yourself at home while trimming or ask the butcher to do it for you.
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This I made last Christmas (did the parmesan crust this year). Had to say it was a showstopper. Lots of work but it was 110% worth it, would do it again in a heartbeat. My family thought it was the best Christmas meal we ever had and it actually come out like the photo (due to very careful slicing with a super sharp knife and my husband's hands on the crust). I think I made two (we have about 21 people at dinner). Highly recommended.
Everything about this recipe was perfect! Used a Costco tenderloin and all ingredients exactly as suggested. Cooking time at 1 hr was exactly at 125*—a perfect medium rare throughout. The stuffing was delicious, slicing was a little messy but we were able to push a couple of stray pieces back in place. Kept the tenderloin prepped in the fridge for 24 hrs before serving.
This was a delicious meal. I prepared a half recipe. Didn't have dry mushrooms or leeks so used cremini and shallots and sauteed. Since I didn't have the mushroom broth used concentrated beef broth and halved the water addition, shallots, thyme, and parsley and simmered for 15 minutes. Instead of poultry eggs with the cream i used 2 quail eggs. All in all the prep was not that excruciating and when it came to cutting slices were just like in the photo in the magazine. For a side veggie I did a roasted sheet pan combo of yellow beets, sweet potatoes, quartered large red onion, and brussel sprouts tossed in a olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, aleppo pepper marinade.
Tried this recepie twice, just to be sure. Tasted great. Never ‘looked’ the way it was supposed to. Won’t try this again...
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