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Cranberry-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Fresh cranberries and cranberry juice lend a satisfying sweet-tart taste to beef tenderloin. Serving plated dishes to guests makes for a pretty presentation.—Carolyn Cope, Allston, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (4 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • CRANBERRY WINE SAUCE:
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, wine, shallots and butter. Cook over medium heat until berries pop, about 15 minutes.
  • 2. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the tenderloin to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open tenderloin so it lies flat. On each half, make another lengthwise slit down the center to within 1/2 in. of bottom; open roast and cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Remove plastic.
  • 3. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper; spread cranberry mixture over meat. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Tie tenderloin at 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  • 4. Bake at 425° for 40-50 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.
  • 5. Meanwhile, saute shallots in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Add the juice, wine, broth and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in remaining butter. Serve with beef. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup sauce).

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked beef with 1 tablespoon sauce equals 271 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.