Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

Deb Crane


This is one of my very favorite special occasion "go to" recipes. I have been making this since 1989. I originally found the recipe way back in the day, in a Bon Appetit magazine. It is a fanciful, beautiful and very tasty dish! Impressive and makes for a beautiful presentation! Dont let the length of the recipe fool you, it isnt hard to do! Once you try this, you will make it again and again! It is highly requested by family and friends.
It can also be assembled ahead of time to save on time. You will feel like you are at the finest restaurant but not paying the 30 dollars for this dish!


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  • 5 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2
    large red bell peppers (or one green and one red) sliced thin into strips
  • 1
    sweet onion,sliced into thin strips
  • 3 clove
  • 3/4 tsp
    dried rosemary
  • 12 oz
    fresh baby portabella mushrooms ( or shiitake) thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    dried parsley (or 1/2 cup fresh,chopped)
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 lb
    whole beef tenderloin trimmed of fat and sinew
  • ·
    olive oil to rub onto meat
  • 1/2 tsp
    rosemary (dried or fresh)
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 4
    strips of bacon (cut in half) to drape over roast

  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 1/4 c
    beef stock (can use 2 beef bollion cubes in water)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried roasemary
  • 6 Tbsp
    unslated butter
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp

How to Make Stuffed Beef Tenderloin


    Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until they begin to soften,stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add bell peppers and cook until starting to soften,adding the remaining tablespoon of oil, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and rosemary and stir one minute. Add mushrooms,season with salt and pepper.Sate until mushrooms are just tender, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning. Cool completely. Mix in minced parsley.Place the filling in a bowl, Dont wash the skillet. You will need it later.
    You will double butterfly the roast. Cutting 1/3 down from the top on the right side of meat,make a slit lengthwise down side of tenderloin, cutting 2/3 of the way through meat. Then, flip the meat over, and do it again. You basically are cutting it open like an envelope. See the pictures for a guide. It is easy just make sure your knife is nice and sharp.
  3. Place butterflied beef on saran wrap top and bottom. Use a meat tenderizer or rolling pin, and pound the meat to 1/2 inch thickness. Turn loin over occasionally.
  4. Arrange meat on work surface cut side up and rub with olive oil,rosemary,salt and pepper.
    Mound 2 cups or so of the filling in the center down the full length of the meat (running in the same direction as the cuts)
    Bring meat up over filling. Tie it with string around ends of tenderloin,then around length. Tie crosswise at 1 inch intervals,pushing in filling.
    Reserve the rest of the filling for garnish. (you will have left overs) At this point, you can put it in the fridge until ready to serve.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat in your big skillet you sauted the filling in. If there is remaining garlic in the skillet from the filling, leave it in there. You can add additional garlic if you like. Brown lightly all sides of tenderloin.
    Arrange the roast in a roasting pan seam side down. Pour off all but film of fat from skillet and reserve the skillet. (again, dont wash it)
    Drape bacon over meat.
    Roast until thermometer inserted horizontally through end of roast into meat registers 130 degrees. (for rare) About 35 minutes. If you like it less rare, roast for 40-45 minutes. This is not a cut of meat you want well done. Take out of roasting pan, and cover with foil to keep it warm. Dont empty the roasting pan.
    Degrease the roasting pan juices and add 1/2 cup of beef stock to the drippings. Keep all of the bits in there, its where the flavor comes from.Bring to a boil, scraping up all the bits. Put this in your reserved skillet. Add 1/2 cup of beef stock to the skillet and boil until reduced to a thick syrup. Scrape any bits,about 8 minutes. Add another 1/2 cup of stock and boil until syrupy,about 3 minutes.
    Add drippings accumulated form meat, brandy,mustard,rosemary and remaining 3/4 cup stock and boil until thickened, about 3 minutes.
    Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in parsley.
  7. Place reserved filling on a serving plate. Remove strings on roast. Cut into one or one and a half inch slices. Place them on top of the extra filling. Spoon sauce over slices of tenderloin.
    Bon Appetit! Yum!!!

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About Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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