Roast Beef Tenderloin With Caesar Crust

“From Bon Appétit December 2011 via epicurious.com. Lightly salting a center-cut tenderloin, a.k.a. chateaubriand, overnight allows the salt to penetrate this luxurious roast and keep it extra-flavorful and juicy. Prep time does not include overnight salting or the 2 hours required to bring the beef to room temperature. ETA: I made this for our Easter dinner and the crust is wonderful. For the breadcrumbs, I used Texas toast and 1 slice would generate enough breadcrumbs. I made the crust mixture in my min Prep food processor and it was definitely pushing the envelope on the volume. I started with a 5 pound tenderloin and there was plenty of crust. The tenderloin as quite thin on one end and quite thick on the other. I cooked it for 35 minutes and let it sit for 20 minutes. The thick end was very rare and the thin end was medium well.”
READY IN:
40mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Season tenderloin lightly with salt and pepper. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate overnight.
  2. Uncover tenderloin; let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F Set a rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer tenderloin to rack. Pulse 4 teaspoons black pepper and remaining ingredients in a small food processor until well blended. Generously and evenly spread and pack Parmesan mixture around tenderloin.
  4. Roast until crust is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of tenderloin registers 110°F-115°F for rare and 120°F-125°F for medium-rare, 30-40 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a carving board. Let rest for 20 minutes. Cut into 1/2"-thick slices, taking care not to lose too much of the delicate crust.

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