When it is done properly, beef tenderloin can be a fantastic centerpiece for the next dinner party you have. The trick is to do it properly though. Here is a simple, and great tasting, recipe that you can use to create a stuffed beef tenderloin that will have all your friends jealous and asking where you got it from.
- 1 beef tenderloin (about 5 pounds in size)
- 5 strips of bacon
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 2 cups of stuffing cubes (chicken seasoned)
- 1/2 pound of mushrooms (sliced)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- Preheat the oven. Before you begin cooking, turn the oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and allow it to preheat as you continue your preparations.
- Cook bacon. Using a large skillet, begin cooking the bacon. Use medium heat to cook the bacon until it's roughly halfway finished. Do not allow the bacon to crisp as you will need to be able to wrap it around the tenderloin later on. Remove the bacon from the skillet, and allow it to cool on a paper towel lined plate.
- Saute the vegetables. Without draining the skillet you used for the bacon, place your mushrooms, onions, and butter and begin sauteing everything. Continue to cooke the vegetables until they are nice and tender, but not caramelized. Stir in all the remaining ingredients, except for the tenderloin, and cook until the stuffing is finished. Remove the stuffing from heat, and set the skillet to the side.
- 4. Stuff the tenderloin. Using a sharp knife cut the tenderloin lengthwise down the center until you reach roughly 1/2 inch from the bottom. Once you have finished cutting the tenderloin, open it and begin to place the stuffing along the center. Do not worry if you create a mound, as that is normal. Fold the tenderloin closed, and use some kitchen string to tie it close. Place the string at a distance of about two inches from each other. Arrange and wrap the bacon around the tenderloin, and place everything on a rack in a roasting pan.
- 5. Bake. Place the uncovered roasting pan into the oven, and allow it to begin cooking. It will take between 50 and 80 minutes until the meat reaches the desired temperature. Begin checking the internal temperature of the tenderloin at the 50 minute mark to see if it where you would like it to be. If the meat thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, then the meat is medium-rare, 160 degrees will be medium, and if you are looking for a well done tenderloin, you will need to wait until your thermometer reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once you have cooked the tenderloin to your desired conclusion, simply remove it from the oven, and place on a serving platter and cover it. Allow the meat to stand for 10 minutes prior to slicing and serving. As presented, this recipe will make 16 servings. Feel free to adjust it as needed to your particular needs.
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