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Salt-Roasted Beef Tenderloin Sliders

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 1 hr, 25 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Roast the beef a day ahead; chill. Serve at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 1/2-lb.) beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 24 small rolls or buns, split and toasted
  • Chimichurri Pesto

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle beef with pepper. Cook in hot oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, 5 minutes or until browned on all sides.

  2. Stir together salt and 1 cup cold water. Spread half of salt mixture in a rectangle (slightly larger than beef) in a large roasting pan; top with beef. Pat remaining salt mixture over beef, covering completely.

  3. Bake at 400° 45 to 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into center registers 145°. Tap crust with a spoon; remove crust. (Beef will keep cooking if crust remains on.) Transfer beef to a cutting board. Cover loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Brush off excess salt; slice beef. Serve beef in rolls with pesto.