7 servings (serving size: 3 ounces beef and about 2 tablespoons jus)

Arrange the roast on a platter and garnish with fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs, presenting the sauce in a gravy boat to the side. Serve with mashed potatoes and sautéed haricots verts for a classic supper.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 teaspoons thyme, salt, pepper, and allspice in a small bowl. Rub mixture evenly over all sides of beef. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 24 hours.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 3

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook for 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer beef to a roasting rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in roasting pan. Bake at 400° for 26 minutes or until a thermometer registers 135° or desired degree of doneness. Remove from oven, and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Pour brandy into roasting pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; set aside.

Step 4

Heat skillet over medium heat. Coat skillet with cooking spray. Add shallots to skillet; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add brandy mixture, broth, and remaining 1 teaspoon thyme to skillet, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; simmer until reduced to 1 cup (about 4 minutes). Serve with beef.

Step 5

Wine note: A classic roast beef tenderloin is the quintessential match for cabernet sauvignon. Cabernet has majestic structure and deep, rich flavor, mirroring everything tenderloin has to offer. Try one of Napa Valley's most sumptuous, soft, and rich cabernets: Shafer One Point Five Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 ($65). --Karen MacNeil

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

cheerios019's Review

December 25, 2013
Outstanding! Had it for Christmas dinner!

lolli77's Review

January 05, 2009

AmandasMom's Review

December 23, 2008
I made this for my kids and they ate the entire piece of meat - they just could not get enough. Even my picky teenage daughter loved this one. I am making the dish again for my in-laws 50th anniversary using a boneless rib roast. Will be serving with a gratin of leeks and oyster mushrooms.

Debbie17's Review

January 17, 2011
I made this with a "mock tenderloin" for an everyday meal. It was fabulous! Had to cook much longer because my husband does not like pink meat and maybe because it is a different cut? Oh, the meat was fabulous, didn't like the au jus.

mary327's Review

November 18, 2012

bobs1joy's Review

March 12, 2011
This was one of the easiest and most delicious recipes for beef tenderloin I have ever prepared! My hubby was proud of me and our company REALLY appreciated it! (It cost me 1 month's allowance to purchase the meat!) It did however, take much longer than 26 minutes to achieve Medium Rare.

smellgar's Review

December 31, 2009
It's pretty hard to mess up a good beef tenderloin, so I will give this recipe three stars based on that alone. However, the sauce is nothing special - tastes pretty much like onions in beef broth. We ended up just eating the meat on its own. I probably wouldn't make this again.

4 1/2 stars

September 04, 2016
I've made this a couple of times now.  Expensive but worth it for a special occasion.  My market (New Seasons) does not typically carry beef tenderloins in 1 3/4 pound roasts.  Tonight I used 2 beef "club steaks" that were 3/4 pound ea.  Cooking time thus reduced to 15 minutes after searing and before resting.  Great flavors.  I like to use left overs for french dips later in the week.  So good.