Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Horseradish Cream

This beef tenderloin dish may have forever changed my mind about beef. The tenderloin turned out moist, juicy, and oh so flavorful. The combination of the peppercorn crust with the cream sauce was incredible! The sauce does take some time to reduce, but it is worth it. As for the prep work, it is easy, yet time consuming- you will need to roast the garlic, but you can make the cream sauce as you cook the tenderloin. This will definitely become a favorites among special occasion meals. We paired this with this risotto- this combination was out of this world.

For sauce
1 head garlic (1/4 pound; about 2 1/2 inches in diameter), left intact
1 tsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup drained bottled horseradish
1/8 tsp white pepper

For tenderloin
1 (3-pound) center-cut beef tenderloin roast, tied
1/4 cup black peppercorns, cracked
2 tsp granulated beef bouillon
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp paprika (not hot)
1 Tbsp olive oil

Make sauce:
1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Cut off and discard top fourth of garlic head.
3. Drizzle exposed garlic with oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, then wrap head tightly in foil.
4. Roast garlic until tender, about 45 minutes, then open foil and cool.
5. While garlic roasts, simmer cream in a 1.5-2 quart heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, 15-20 minutes, then transfer to a bowl.
6. Squeeze garlic into a small bowl, discarding skins, and mash together with horseradish, pepper, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt using a fork.
7. Stir garlic mixture into cream, then chill until ready to use.

Roast tenderloin:
1. Increase oven temperature to 475°F. Pat tenderloin dry.
2. Stir together pepper, bouillon, salt, cornstarch, oregano, garlic powder, and paprika in a small bowl. Rub oil all over tenderloin, then sprinkle with spice mixture, rubbing it into meat.
4. Put tenderloin on rack in roasting pan and roast 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 425°F and cook until thermometer inserted diagonally into center of meat registers 130°F, 20 to 25 minutes for medium-rare.
5. Let beef stand on rack in pan 10 minutes before serving.
6. Cut beef into 1/4-inch-thick slices and serve with garlic horseradish cream.

Source: Adapted from Gourmet

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