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Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce Recipe

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce Recipe

This beef tenderloin is quick and easy to prepare—but it's special enough to serve to guests, assures our Test Kitchen staff.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (2 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups port wine or 1 cup grape juice and 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. Combine the rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper; rub evenly over tenderloin. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place meat on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 50-70 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • 2. In a saucepan, bring wine or grape juice and broth to a boil; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup. Add vinegar; cook for 3-4 minutes or until reduced to a sauce consistency. Stir in butter, salt and pepper. Serve with tenderloin. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked beef with 3-1/2 teaspoons sauce equals 242 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 576 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.