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Beef Tenderloin with Silky Red Pan Sauce

Yields1 Serving

 1 3-5# Beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied or center cut
 ¼ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 5 Sprigs fresh thyme or other woody fresh herb
 3 Cloves garlic, crushed
 5 tbsp Unsalted butter, at room temperature
 1 Medium shallot, minced
 1 cup Red wine
 2 cups Beef stock or 4 oz. prepared Demi-glace and 1 1/2C. water
 1 tbsp All-purpose flour

Remove the tenderloin from the refrigerator 1 hour prior to cooking.


Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.


Pat the tenderloin dry. Brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season heavily with salt and pepper all around. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast-iron or stainless steel pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the beef and sear on all sides until a nice crust is formed, 1 to 2 minutes per side. It has six sides, by the way. Sear the body in four turns, then hold upright with tongs to sear each end for 1 or 2 minutes. Add the thyme, garlic and 3 tablespoons of the butter to the pan. Once the butter is melted, use a spoon to baste the beef with the herb and garlic infused butter for 30 seconds.


Transfer the beef to a rack on a baking sheet, spoon over 2 tablespoons of the herb and garlic butter mixture from the pan (reserve the pan) and roast until the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 120 degrees F (for medium rare), 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the tenderloin. Cover the beef with foil and rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, finish the sauce.


Add the shallots to the remaining herb and garlic butter mixture in the skillet and sweat over medium heat until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Deglaze with the red wine and reduce until almost dry, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the beef stock, bring to a simmer and reduce by half, 10 to 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, thoroughly mix the remaining 2 tablespoons butter with the flour in a small bowl.


Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk in the butter and flour mixture bit by bit, until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. Serve with the perfectly roasted beef, sliced about 1 ¼” thick.


Serve this with mashed potatoes or yorkshire pudding.