We had the yummiest Christmas dinner this year! In the past we have always done a huge prime rib, but this year we changed it up just a tiny bit and decided to do a whole filet mignon tenderloin.
I am the honorary roaster for Christmas dinner so I set off to find a recipe that would work for us. I found this yummy Bourbon marinade from Paule Deen on food network, but used this other recipe here to roast the meet since I wasn’t interested in standing in the snow to grill.
First of all, I did learn that you need to trim up the tenderloin. I found this youtube video to be perfect in explaining how to trim the meat. I roasted to meat whole rather than slicing it up though as he does in the video.
- 1 cup bourbon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups water
- 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped
- 1 (5-pound) beef tenderloin, silver connective tissue removed
- Oil, to brush on before searing
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Season the meat with the salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat until good and hot, then add the meat and sear until well browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
Transfer the meat to a rack set on a baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 30 minutes, or to your desired degree of doneness. Remove it from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute. I used a tenderloin just over 7lbs and it took 45 minutes to get to 140 degrees.
About Jamie Hinckley
I am a mom of three crazy boys! We love life, play hard, and ALWAYS get messy! Life is busy and full of fun, jumping, crashing, skinned knees, rough housing, torn jeans, scratches, but most of all LOVE. Yes, life is crazy. Actually its completely nuts, but I wouldn't change a thing! We love life and can't wait for our next adventure... and one day, possibly a little girl! Haha!