Classic Roast Beef Tenderloin

Published March 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

When devising a no-fuss recipe for perfectly cooked roast beef tenderloin, we chose to work with Chateaubriand, the smaller center-cut roast. We reversed the usual cooking process for our tenderloin recipe, roasting first and then searing, to eliminate the ring of overdone meat just below the… read more

When devising a no-fuss recipe for perfectly cooked roast beef tenderloin, we chose to work with Chateaubriand, the smaller center-cut roast. We reversed the usual cooking process for our tenderloin recipe, roasting first and then searing, to eliminate the ring of overdone meat just below the crust and give the roast a ruby coloring from edge to edge. Salting the meat and rubbing it with softened butter helped it hold on to its juices and gave it richness.

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Roast Beef Tenderloin

With a price tag of around $18 a pound, we wanted to make sure our tenderloin came out of the oven perfectly cooked every time.

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Serves 4 to 6

If using table salt, reduce the amount to 1 teaspoon. Ask your butcher to prepare a trimmed, center-cut Châteaubriand from the whole tenderloin, as this cut is not usually available without special ordering. If you are cooking for a crowd, this recipe can be doubled to make two roasts. Sear the roasts one after the other, wiping out the pan and adding new oil after searing the first roast. Both pieces of meat can be roasted on the same rack.

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