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Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red-Wine Butter Sauce

For a crowd-pleasing yet simple holiday entree, try this traditional beef tenderloin with decadent red-wine butter sauce from chef Eric Ripert's "Avec Eric" cookbook. Serve with his Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, if desired.

  • Servings: 8
Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red-Wine Butter Sauce

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010


  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 (5-pound) whole beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Place red wine, vinegar, shallot, peppercorns, and thyme in a small saucepan over high heat; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Generously season tenderloin on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed roasting pan over high heat. Carefully add tenderloin and transfer roasting pan to oven. Roast, turning every 5 minutes, until medium-rare (120 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), 12 to 20 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, slowly whisk the cold butter into the warm wine reduction until emulsified. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a small saucepan; season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

  5. Remove tenderloin from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice crosswise; arrange slices on a large platter. Pour any juices that have accumulated in the roasting pan into the red-wine sauce and stir to combine. Serve beef accompanied with sauce.


Reviews (2)

  • Debbielu 27 Dec, 2010

    I almost ruined Xmas dinner with this recipe -- the beef was fine but took much longer than stated for rare beef - the times had to be way off in the recipe. However, the sauce was just awful and was made exactly as stated in the recipe. Luckily, I made some great gravy with the drippings, which saved the dinner. I will NOT be making this again!

  • tinker_brat 20 Dec, 2010

    This is my new favorite easy entertaining recipe. I made this for a party of 15. It was a hit with children and adults a like. So easy and so deliciouse!

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