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Salt-, Peppercorn- and Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Red Wine Sauce

Makes: 8  servings Prep 1 hr Start to Finish 1 hr 50 mins  (plus time for sauce)
Salt-, Peppercorn- and Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Red Wine Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil, plus additional for pan
  • 1 (3-1/2 lb.) beef tenderloin, at room temperature
  • 2 cups  kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons  coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons  dried pink peppercorns, crushed, plus whole peppercorns for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 8 fresh bay leaves, for garnish
  • 1 recipe Wild Mushroom Red Wine Sauce (see Recipe Center)


1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F and arrange rack in upper third; lightly brush a shallow baking pan with oil. Rinse beef and pat dry. Heat oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add beef and brown on all sides, turning, about 8 minutes. Transfer to prepared pan. Let stand 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together salt, rosemary, crushed peppercorns, and flour. Add egg whites and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water; stir until it is the consistency of a paste. Pat onto top and sides of beef (not bottom), coating completely.

3. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center by 2 inches register 125 degree F for medium-rare, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.

4. Present beef on a large grooved cutting board garnished with bay leaves and whole peppercorns, if desired (note: whole bay leaves are not edible); let stand 10 minutes.

5. Chip off crust (discard) and cut beef into 1/4-inch-thick slices; arrange on a serving platter. Spoon some sauce over slices and top with reserved mushrooms. Serve remaining sauce in a gravy boat on the side. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • cal.(kcal)570,
  • Fat, total(g)43,
  • chol.(mg)134,
  • sat. fat(g)17,
  • carb.(g)8,
  • pro.(g)36,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet