Spiced Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons black peppercorns (or a mix of black and green peppercorns)
6 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. coarse kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 garlic cloves, coarsely crushed into slivers
1 whole beef tenderloin (about 5 lbs.)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
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Directions: 
  1. Grind peppercorns in an electric spice grinder to a medium grind. In a small bowl, combine pepper, brown sugar, salt, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, and cloves; whisk to combine. Rub meat sparingly with crushed garlic slivers, then rub all over with spice mixture.
  2. Cut tenderloin crosswise in half. Wrap each half very tightly with several layers of plastic wrap (so that it looks swaddled), put in a rimmed pan, and refrigerate 2 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat. Add 1 piece of meat and sear until well browned on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking pan and repeat with remaining oil and beef.
  4. Transfer baking pan to oven and cook meat until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 135°, 20 to 30 minutes. (Halves may not cook at the same rate; after meat has been in the oven 20 minutes, begin taking temperature of both pieces of meat every 5 minutes.) Transfer to a carving board, tent with foil, and let rest 15 minutes. Remove kitchen twine.
  5. Cut meat into very thin slices (less than 1/4 in., if possible) and serve warm or at room temperature.
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