- prep time 0 min
- total time 100 min
- serves 6
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 pounds premium beef tenderloin roast; tied, centre cut
6 whole ripe fresh figs, cut in half
18 small whole shallots, peeled (10 oz/300 g)
1 cup ruby port
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced, about 8 sprigs
¼ cup unsalted butter, cold
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 325ºF (160ºC).
2. Rub meat with ½ cup of Maple Syrup.
3. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil in an ovenproof medium-size skillet on high heat. Sear tenderloin on all sides, about 1 minute per side.
4. Transfer tenderloin to plate and tent with foil.
5. In the same skillet, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil and sear fig halves for 2 minutes per side, or until caramelized. Remove and reserve with tenderloin.
6. In the same skillet add 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil and shallots and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until soft.
7. Add port, balsamic vinegar and thyme and bring liquid to a boil.
8. Place tenderloin on top of the shallots and place figs around the tenderloin. Bake on middle rack in oven for 50 to 65 minutes or until desired doneness. For medium-rare, bring internal temperature to approximately 140F (60C); or medium, 160F (70C).
9. Remove tenderloin and figs and tent with foil. Reserve.
10. Bring remaining sauce to a boil and reduce to ½ cup (125 mL).
11. Whisk in butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
12. Cut tenderloin into 6 pieces, plate with figs and shallots and spoon sauce over tenderloin.