When people ask me “What is your favorite thing to make?” I have two answers. Angry Lasagna and Beef Tenderloin.
And, honestly, I haven’t posted this recipe because I’ve liked keeping it “secret.” But, it’s time to let the world know how easy this fancy shmancy meal is.
Beef tenderloin is a special meal. It’s the meal for celebrations. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas. It’s the meal both my brothers choose for their birthday dinners! And while it’s a fancy meal, it is about the easiest recipe I make. Seriously! Don’t be intimidated!
Start by purchasing a whole beef tenderloin. Usually a BIG hunk of meat wrapped in plastic. You’ll know it’s tenderloin when it costs $80-$100…! <—– seriously, it’s expensive.
Now, you’ll trim your filet… Watch this video, you can do it! Don’t have your butcher do it, just do it yourself. Once you do it a couple times, it gets real easy. Leave the filet portion whole (Or I slice it in half, so it fits into a 9×13 for broiling), don’t cut it into steaks. The other parts you can freeze and use for other meals. While this meal is expensive, you get a few different meals out of it. So, it’s worth the $$$$$.
Here comes the recipe… get ready!
half a stick of room temperature butter
couple tablespoons of kosher salt
couple tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper
Starting with a VERY clean oven, move your oven rack up closer to the broiler. You’re going to broil your beef, so you’ll need to make sure you allow enough room for it to fit, but close. Make sense?? Turn your broiler on high. While the oven is heating up, spread the butter all over your trimmed filet. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over it, and massage till coated well. Place your filet in a 9×13 and put directly under the broiler. Set a timer for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, turn over and broil another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and quickly wrap in aluminum foil. Let it sit on the counter for an hour.
That’s it, folks! Best part??? This recipe gives you an HOUR to make the other dishes!
Slice this baby up, and serve!
I usually serve this with either mashed potatoes or baked potatoes and a salad. Super simple.
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