Fillet of Beef with Asian Spice Rub and Creamy Sesame Dressing

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“This recipe came from Gourmet Magazine and was shown on Sara's Secrets. All I can say is WoW!”
1hr 10mins

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. To make the dressing: Put mayonnaise, sour cream, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and rice vinegar in a blender or food processor mix until combined.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the blender or work bowl with a rubber spatula, mix for another 15 seconds.
  4. Transfer to a bowl, add the cilantro and mix well with whisk.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Make the spice rub: Toast peppercorns and anise seeds in a dry large heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Finely grind toasted mixture in an electric coffee/spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle (I use my mini food processor).
  8. Sift mixture through a small strainer into a bowl and stir in salt, five-spice powder, and ginger.
  9. Halve beef crosswise and sprinkle rub all over both pieces, pressing so it will coat.
  10. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet that can be put in oven over moderately high heat until just smoking, then brown 1 piece of beef on all sides, about 1 minute.
  11. Transfer to a large plate.
  12. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and brown remaining beef in same manner.
  13. Arrange beef pieces, 2 inches apart, in the skillet.
  14. Roast in middle of oven 25 to 35 minutes.
  15. Let beef stand in pan on a rack for 25 minutes.
  16. Beef will continue to cook as it stands.
  17. Throw away string and slice beef.
  18. Serve with dressing at room temperature.

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