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Beef Fillets with Blue Cheese Butter

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 8 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
In this recipe, a simple tenderloin fillet is served unadorned for the youngsters and topped with a sophisticated Blue Cheese Butter for the grown-ups.


  • 4 (4-oz.) beef tenderloin fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or frozen chives
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 327
  • caloriesfromfat 70 %
  • fat 25.6 g
  • satfat 11.5 g
  • monofat 10.1 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 22.7 g
  • carbohydrate 0.2 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 88 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 403 mg
  • calcium 38 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle fillets evenly with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature.

  2. Meanwhile, combine butter, blue cheese, and chives a small bowl; stir using a wooden spoon until blended. Cover and chill.

  3. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Pat fillets dry with paper towels, and coat both sides with cooking spray. Add fillets to pan; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. For grown-up servings, top 2 fillets with 1 Tbsp. each of Blue Cheese Butter. For plain servings, serve fillets without Blue Cheese Butter.

  4. Leftover Note: Christine H., of Danville, CA, suggests spooning the leftover Blue Cheese Butter into 1 Tbsp. portions in a single layer on a large plate. Freeze until firm; then transfer to an airtight container, and freeze up to 1 month. Use the butter again to prepare this recipe or to season your favorite steamed vegetables.

  5. MENU IDEA FOR 4 * Beef Fillets with Blue Cheese Butter * Steamed asparagus * Crusty French rolls

  6. GROCERIES NEEDED Check staples: salt, pepper, butter, olive oil cooking spray * 4 (4-oz.) beef tenderloin fillets (about 1 inch thick) * 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese * 1 bunch fresh chives or 1 container frozen chopped chives * 1 lb. fresh asparagus * Crusty French rolls

  7. NOTE: Nutritional analysis is for grown-up entrée servings. For plain servings, nutritional analysis is as follows: CALORIES 281 (66% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 3g, mono 8g, poly 8g); PROTEIN 3g; CARB 2g; FIBER 1g; CHOL 75mg; IRON 7mg; SODIUM 348mg; CALC 27mg

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