In my family beef is always on the menu for special events and this Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin is quite the treat. As I have mentioned before my Mammaw is in a memory care facility and sometimes leaving there can be difficult for her (especially in the evening) so to make Christmas special for her we did an early Christmas lunch at our home. To make this super special I decided to make this beef tenderloin and boy oh boy was it AMAZING!
After researching several different cooking methods and seasoning combos I decided to keep it simple, in my opinion simply seasoned beef really seems to be best most of the time and this tenderloin did not disappoint.
To start with I let the beef come to almost room temperature, I find this to be very important when it comes to red meat especially. It will cook more evenly and also take hold of the seasoning better (I think) so I let it sit out for about 30 minutes on the prepared pan before seasoning it. To season it I used an all-purpose seasoning , course salt and fresh cracked peppercorns, and a little butter. I made sure to season all sides of the meat and press it in to help it adhere to the meat as much as possible. After the seasoning is done you throw it in a hot oven and let it cook until your desired temp is reached and then you let it rest and VOILA it is done!
In my family we have grown-up eating beef, one of my brothers is even a cattle rancher, but everyone agreed this is one of the best pieces of meat they have had…trust me that says a lot if my family says that.
If you have people who like their meat cooked at different temps (my family likes medium rare but The Hubby has to have medium) remember the ends will be cooked more than the center, so serve those as needed.
I hope your Christmas and Holidays are filled with much love, family, friends and tons of memories…and hopefully this beef tenderloin will be a great addition to your table.
Make everyday special – MJ