Turkey Tenderloins with Madeira Gravy

Turkey Tenderloins with Madeira GravyRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck


Makes 12 servings
Total time: 3 Hours, 10 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 10 Minutes


3 cups dry Madeira or fino sherry
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
12 garlic cloves, crushed
18 fresh thyme sprigs
3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
4 pounds turkey tenderloins
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons butter
3 large shallots, finely chopped
2 teaspoons sifted all-purpose flour
Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients and 2 tsp. salt in a 2-qt. measuring cup until salt dissolves. Reserve 1 1/4 cups. Pour remaining mixture into a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Add tenderloins; press out air, seal, and chill 2 to 4 hours, turning every 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 450°. Remove tenderloins from marinade, discarding marinade. Pat tenderloins dry. Brush with 1 Tbsp. oil, and sprinkle with pepper and remaining 1 tsp. salt.

3. Cook tenderloins, in batches, in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer to a plate; discard oil. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter and shallots to skillet, and cook, stirring constantly, until butter melts. Stir in flour. Cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until shallots are tender. Whisk in reserved 1 1/4 cups sherry mixture, and bring to a simmer. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place tenderloins in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour sauce over tenderloins.

4. Bake at 450° for 10 to 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°. Transfer tenderloins to a cutting board, reserving gravy in baking dish. Cover loosely with foil, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick medallions, and serve with gravy.

Brought to the table by cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee (adapted from The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern cookbook).