Entertaining? Pop the beef tenderloin in the oven as guests arrive, and make the cherry-black pepper sauce just before they're seated.
2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup sliced shallots
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup cherry preserves
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°. Sprinkle beef with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer beef to a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 135° or desired degree of doneness. Remove beef from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Return skillet to medium heat. Add shallots; cook 3 minutes or until shallots are translucent, stirring occasionally. Add 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and preserves. Bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 6 minutes or until sauce slightly thickens. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Serve sauce with beef.
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Made this for guests a couple weeks ago. Wow. It's at the top of my list. I did make one slight variance due to my experimental nature. I had an 1/8 cup of some pomegranate balsamic left so I used that in addition to regular balsamic to make up the 1/2 cup amount used in this recipe.
I'll be making this again. Already planning it for Christmas Day.
Just made this for the first time tonight and it was delicious. Made with filet mignon instead of tenderloin, and halved the sauce since it was only for two. Quick and easy to make but tastes fancy. I didn't add the full amount of vinegar as per other reviewers suggestions. Will make again!
Super-easy with impressive results. We left beef in the skillet, so that really reduced the time in the oven til medium-rare. Didn't serve a large amount of sauce on the steaks, used a spare drizzle rather than what's shown in the photo and had the rest at the table. Served with white/wild rice pilaf and steamed broccoli. Excellent supper.