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Holiday Beef Tenderloin

Yield 8 servings
For a beef tenderloin recipe that's perfect for holiday entertaining, coat the tenderloin in a spice mixture of cumin, nutmeg and red pepper before roasting and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 (5-pound) beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Garnishes: fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh sage sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients.

  2. Rub tenderloin with oil; coat with spice mixture. Place in a roasting pan; cover and chill 8 hours.

  3. Bake at 500° 15 minutes or until browned. Lower temperature to 375°; bake for 20 more minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Slice; serve with horseradish mayonnaise. Garnish, if desired.