Beef tenderloin is a special (and expensive) meal to serve, so you want to be sure to cook it just right. This recipe is a foolproof way to add flavor without having to rely on any complicated techniques. First sear the beef in a frying pan to get a flavorful crust, then rub on a simple compound butter made with garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Roast the tenderloin for about 30 minutes, let it rest, then slice and serve with Hasselback potatoes and mushroom gravy for a memorable Christmas dinner.
Special equipment: You’ll need an instant-read thermometer for this recipe.
Game plan: Depending on how the beef tenderloin is butchered, you may end up with a thicker or thinner portion. This recipe works with both cuts, but timing is crucial to achieve perfect rare to medium-rare beef. Make sure to use an instant-read thermometer to monitor the temperature of the beef as it cooks. For a thinner piece of meat, check the temperature after 18 to 20 minutes to avoid overcooking it.