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Beef Roast au Poivre with Caramelized Onions Recipe
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Beef Roast au Poivre with Caramelized Onions Recipe

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This beef roast with crushed peppercorns is elegant, delicious and perfect for company. The aroma in your kitchen while it's cooking will be out of this world! Elaine Sweet, Dallas, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons each whole black and pink peppercorns or 1/4 cup whole black peppercorns
  • 3 dried chipotle chilies, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 beef tri-tip roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chardonnay or other white wine
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

5 ounces cooked beef with 1/2 cup caramelized onions equals 367 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 851 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. Place the peppercorns, chilies and coriander in a blender. Cover and process until coarsely ground. Stir in the onion, thyme, salt and orange peel.
  2. Rub steak sauce and seasoning mixture over roast; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onions in oil over low heat for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Stir in the thyme, pepper and salt.
  5. Transfer meat to a warm serving platter. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with onions. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Beef Roast au Poivre with Caramelized Onions in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p70

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Very good. Make again."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"I fixed this for Christmas dinner. The flavor was execellent. My family loved it. I will reduce the cooking temperature to 350 instead of 425."

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