Tournedos Wrapped in Bacon and Sage

Serve beef tenderloin the Argentine way with this recipe from chef Francis Mallmann's "Seven Fires" cookbook.

  • Servings: 4
Tournedos Wrapped in Bacon and Sage

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2009


  • Slab bacon, cut into 1/8-inch thick, 1-inch wide strips, or 4 strips lightly smoked bacon
  • 1 (20-ounce) beef tenderloin, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch thick tournedos
  • 16 fresh sage leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place bacon in a saucepan with 4 cups cold water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

  2. Pat tournedos dry. Evenly space four sage leaves along one strip of bacon. Wrap bacon strip around the circumference of one tournedo; tie with kitchen twine. Repeat process with remaining sage, bacon, and beef.

  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until it starts to smoke. Season tournedos with salt and pepper and place bacon-side-down in skillet. Cook, without moving, until bacon is well charred, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Rotate tournedos a quarter turn and cook until bacon is well charred, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Repeat process two more times until bacon is well charred. Turn tournedos on their flat side and cook, turning once, until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer tournedos to a platter and let stand for 3 minutes. Remove string and serve.


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