Fennel And Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

By Susie Middleton

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Nothing says Christmas like beef tenderloin, and this recipe could be the easiest beef tenderloin you will ever make! It requires minimal amount of time and toil to put together, and then the oven concentrates the flavors.

Serves: 6-8

Tip: The roast can be seasoned and refrigerated up to 4 hours before roasting


1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
1-1/2 tsp. ground fennel seed
1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
2-1/2- to 3-lb. beef tenderloin roast, excess fat trimmed
1/2 cup crème fraîche
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary, fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Stir to make a paste. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and rub the paste all over the surface of the meat. If necessary, tie the roast at 1-1/2-inch intervals.

Put the roast on a rack on a small, rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 120°F for rare, 125° to 130°F for medium rare, or 135°F for medium, 40 to 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, mustard, and lemon juice. Season lightly with salt to taste.

Transfer the roast to a carving board (preferably with a well for collecting juices) and let it rest, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes before carving it into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve the beef, passing the mustard sauce at the table.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 310; Fat (g): 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): 8; Protein (g): 30; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): 2; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 300; Cholesterol (mg): 100; Fiber (g): 0;

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.

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