1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (6-pound) beef tenderloin, trimmed
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups beef broth
1 cup dry Marsala wine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Garnish: fresh thyme
How to Make It
Toss shallots and 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl; stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
Stir together 1 tablespoon salt and next 4 ingredients. Rub tenderloin with 1/4 cup olive oil; sprinkle seasonings over top and sides of tenderloin, pressing gently with fingers. Place tenderloin in a large greased roasting pan; arrange shallots around tenderloin. Bake, uncovered, at 500° for 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°, and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of roast registers 145° (medium-rare) or 160° (medium).
Meanwhile, stir together beef broth and Marsala in a large skillet. Bring to a boil; boil 6 to 8 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 2 cups.
Remove tenderloin to a serving platter and cover with aluminum foil; reserve shallots and drippings in pan. Add broth reduction to pan, and place over medium heat on cooktop, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of pan.
Whisk together flour and water until smooth; stir into sauce in roasting pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Add butter, stirring just until melted. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Thinly slice roast, and serve with sauce. Garnish, if desired.
For Entertaining, Wine & Dine: We recommend any of these wines with dinner: Morgan Monterey Syrah, Chateau Souverain Dry Creek Zinfandel, or Bleasdale Langhorne Creek Shiraz-Cabernet.
this was amazing. The sauce is good, although the shallots got a little too dark in my roasting pan so I had to pick out burnt ones. Next time I'd add more liquid in the pan or put the shallots in halfway so they don't burn. I cooked my tenderloin an extra 10-15 minutes til the thickest part registered 135 degrees. I think 145 is too cooked for us. this way the thicker parts were medium rare and the end pieces were well done.
This is an easy to prepare, elegant, and terrific recipe! Very appropriate to serve for dinner parties and special occasions.
We served this at a recent dinner party to rave reviews.
The sauce makes it - dark, rich, and full of flavor.
We did a short cut to prepare the beef tenderloin. After rubbing with olive oil, we sprinkled McCormick's CA-style garlic pepper over the beef.
Make sure to watch your temperature when roasting as you can shoot past medium-rare quickly. Don't forget, the roast will continue to cook while resting out of the oven.
We served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with toasted pecans.
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