If you want to make one wonderful dish for your party, make it beef tenderloin. Here are recipes for the main course and a fabulous Red Onion Jam. Then take a look at the four ways we’ve transformed this easy – but impressive – dish, for each of our Better Parties.
Serves: 10-12 people
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour (includes resting)
4-6 pound trimmed and tied beef tenderloin
1. As soon as you get your roast home from the butcher, liberally sprinkle it with salt, pepper and garlic powder; you also can use your favorite steak seasoning or rub. Wrap the roast back up and refrigerate, but take meat out at least 1 hour before cooking to let it come to room temperature.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. Put meat on a rack in a roasting pan and roast for about 40 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 125 degrees at the thickest part of meat for medium-rare and 135 degrees for medium.
4. Let rest for 15 minutes; carve and serve.
For An Elegant Dinner Party…
Roast tenderloin: Carve the tenderloin into thin slices and serve with Red Onion Jam and Bearnaise sauce on the side.
Additional items: Rosemary sprigs (for garnish) and Bearnaise Sauce.
For A Cocktail Party…
Tenderloin on a crisp: Serve the meat on a homemade potato pancake or even easier, use a frozen waffle fry, and bake it until really crisp. Top with Red Onion Jam, a dab of horseradish sauce and a sprig of rosemary.
Additional items: Homemade potato pancakes or Alexia Waffle Fries, horseradish sauce (1 cup sour cream and a teaspoon or two of prepared horseradish mixed in) and rosemary sprigs.
For A Bloody Mary Brunch…
Open-faced bagels: Carve the tenderloin and serve on a platter with bagels, cream cheese and Red Onion Jam.
Additional items: Mini-bagels and cream cheese
For A Family Buffet Party…
Tenderloin sliders: Carve the beef into thin slices and serve on dinner rolls with the Red Onion Jam and a dab of horseradish sauce.
Additional items: Dinner rolls, sour cream and prepared horseradish