Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Tomatoes and Arugula
The arugula and blue cheese side dish add a fresh bite to the rich pork and beef flavors in this elegant dinner.
- 2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 2 1/2pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied
- 1/2 pound sliced bacon
- 2 bunches arugula, coarse stems trimmed (9 cups)
- 1/4 cup crumbed blue cheese (preferably Maytag), plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 425 degree F.
2. Toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon oil in a shallow heavy baking pan; spread out, leaving room in center for beef. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Rinse and pat beef dry. Wrap with bacon, slightly overlapping slices and tucking ends under beef.
4. Roast, turning tomatoes occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of beef registers 122 degree F for medium-rare and tomatoes are golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.
5. Transfer beef in pan to rack; let stand 15 minutes before carving into 1/3-inch-thick slices, discarding string. Meanwhile, toss arugula with cheese, vinegar, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
6. Place tomatoes on opposite sides of a large serving platter, gently combine with salad and sprinkle with cheese. Arrange beef slices in center of platter; season with pepper. Makes 6 servings.
- Servings Per Recipe 6
- Fat, total(g)72,
- sat. fat(g)28,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet