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BEEF TENDERLOIN & Horseradish Sauce

Happy New Year!

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

New Year’s Eve is our favorite night to stay home.   The following dinner entree post was my contribution to the 2012 kick off meal.  We cooked the tenderloin in the oven, but this could have just as easily been done on a grille.  The accompanying horseradish sauce was a big hit!- as was the ’96 Chateau Souverain from Alexander Valley ~ thanks to Brian and Ellen Russo.  Friends relaxing in front of a roaring fire with Dan and Amy playing guitar and fiddle in our living room made it a special night to remember.

Ingredients:

Mustard Horseradish Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Kosher salt
Simply mix well and refrigerate up to a day ahead of serving.  This sauce is also wonderful served on a roast beef sandwich with crusty bread, arugula, tomato and thinly sliced red onion.

For the BEEF:

  • 2 to 3 pounds fillet of beef, trimmed and tied
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the beef on a baking sheet and pat the outside dry with a paper towel. Mix the unsalted butter and mustard together in a small bowl and spread the mixture over the beef with your hands. Sprinkle evenly with the salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for exactly 15 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 375 and cook beef to 140 degrees for medium rare or 150 degrees for medium.  An instant read thermometer is perfect for this.

Remove the beef from the oven, cover it tightly with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Remove the strings and slice the fillet thickly.

Note: This recipe was adapted from Barefoot Contessa, one of my favorite Food TV chefs.

~Sheryl

OLD FASHIONED BEEF STEW

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Here is another classic crockpot recipe…… I don’t have a picture of the finished dish.  Oops!  We ate it all before I realized I didn’t get the finished shot- the stew was THAT GOOD!   (Use your imagination.)

I did, however, take a shot of the actual beef stew recipe I have been using forever.    The recipe booklet came out of the crockpot box many years ago.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper

SIMPLE CROCK POT ROAST RECIPE

FROM a tiny BEACH kitchen:

This dinner can feed a hungry crowd and makes for great leftovers.  Don’t have a crockpot? Go buy one.  Definately a  must have in a busy kitchen.  This recipe is just for the roast and gravy.  (You can add potatoes and carrots to the crock pot if you like).  Simple.   

You can assemble this meal in 15 minutes in the morning. Go about your day.    When you come home, your house will smell amazing!   We were home all day while it was cooking and dinner could not come fast enough.   Some great sides….. mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, green beans.  Don’t forget the Cabernet Sauvignon.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • cup of beef broth
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • package of baby portabello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper

Wash chuck roast.  Season generously with salt and pepper and crushed garlic.  Coat with flour.  Place in oiled skillet and brown lightly on all sides.

While browning roast.  Add diced onions to skillet and saute until tender. 

NOTE:  When dicing onions, peel onion but leave the “stem” on the onion.  Put slices in onion but  do NOT slice all the way thru to the stem- turn onion halfway and add more slices- again, do not slice all the way thru to the stem.  The STEM will hold the onion together until you dice top to bottom.   I saw this trick on the food channel and it has changed my life.   Onion is diced in seconds and I don’t have to grab for the  kleenex to wipe my teary eyes.  I used to have to wear swim goggles dicing an onion.  Quite a sight!

Transfer roast and onions to crock pot sprayed with Olive Oil.  Toss in garlic and bay leaf.   Add mushrooms.  Pour in the beef broth, and add salt and pepper.   Cook on low 8- 10 hours. 

The crockpot will be full of tasty beef broth.  You can serve broth as is, or put a cup of the broth in a saucepan with a tablespoon or 2 of cornstarch to thicken into a gravy. Stir. Stir. Stir!   

~SHERYL

 

 

  

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