Beef Tenderloin with Port Sauce
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
1/2 of a 17-1/4-ounce package (1 sheet) frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 beaten egg white
1 3-pound beef tenderloin
1-1/2 cups beef broth
3/4 cup tawny port or dry red wine
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot or onion
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1. Unfold puff pastry. On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry to
eliminate crease. With a small cookie cutter or hors d¿oeuvre cutter, cut 16
small shapes out of the puff pastry. Transfer pastry shapes to an ungreased
baking sheet. Brush shapes with egg white. Bake in a 400 degree F oven about 10
minutes or until golden brown and flaky. Cool. If desired, tightly cover and
store at room temperature for up to 12 hours.
2. If tenderloin is long and thin, fold narrow ends under and tie. If tenderloin
is flat and wide, tie crosswise in 2 or 3 places to form a rounder shape. (The
tenderloin should be about 8x4-1/2 inches after tying.) Place on rack in shallow
roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer.
3. Roast tenderloin, uncovered, in a 425 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until
desired doneness (140 degree F for medium rare). Let stand, covered, about 10
minutes before slicing. (Meat temperature should rise about 5 degree F while
4. Meanwhile, for port sauce, in a medium saucepan combine the beef broth, tawny
port or red wine, shallot or onion, dried rosemary, and bay leaf. Bring to
boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes. (You should have
about 1-1/3 cups sauce after simmering.) Discard the bay leaf.
5. In a small mixing bowl stir together the margarine or butter and flour. Stir
into the wine mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir
for 1 minute more.
6. To serve, place tenderloin pieces on dinner plates. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons
of the port sauce over each. Garnish each serving with 2 pastry puffs. Makes 8
To make sauce ahead: Prepare and simmer sauce as directed above, but do not add
margarine-flour mixture. Cool. Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate
for up to 2 days. Before serving, return to a medium saucepan and heat through.
Continue by stirring together margarine or butter and flour and thickening sauce
as directed above.
Nutritional facts per serving
calories: 465, total fat: 26g, saturated fat: 6g, cholesterol: 106mg, sodium:
424mg, carbohydrate: 14g, fiber: 0g, protein: 39g