Peppered Beef Tenderloin

Peppered Beef Tenderloin
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
6 - 8 servings

Adapted from “One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes and Stories from My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond” by Valerie Bertinelli © Rodale 2012. Provided courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli. All rights reserved.



Beef Tenderloin

Tbsp mixed peppercorns (black, white, green, pink)
cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped, plus additional parsley for garnish
Tbsp Dijon mustard
Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
Kosher salt
2 ½
lb(s) center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied if uneven
Savory Horseradish Panna Cotta, recipe follows, optional
Special equipment: a spice or coffee grinder

Savory Horseradish Panna Cotta

Cooking spray
cup sour cream
Tbsp Dijon mustard
Tbsp prepared horseradish
Kosher salt
1 ¾
cups cups half-and-half
tsp gelatin (from a .25-oz package)
Tbsp thinly sliced fresh chives


Step 1

Coarsely grind the peppercorns in a spice or coffee grinder and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the parsley, mustard, butter and 1 tablespoon salt in a medium bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Rub the spiced butter all over the tenderloin, rolling the beef in the portions that fall off to coat completely. The beef can be prepared up to this point, covered, and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Step 3

Place the beef on a rack and set over a baking sheet. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 130ºF for medium rare, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer the beef to a cutting board, preferably a meat board with a reservoir to catch the juices, and garnish with the parsley.

Step 4

Spray six 4- to 6-ounce ramekins with cooking spray. Stir together the sour cream, Dijon, horseradish and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Heat the half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it just barely comes to a simmer.

Step 5

Meanwhile, put the gelatin in a large bowl, add 3 tablespoons warm water and stir until completely dissolved. Gradually pour in the warm half-and-half while whisking constantly.

Step 6

Add a splash of the half-and-half mixture to the sour cream mixture and stir to loosen, then add the sour cream mixture to the large bowl with the half-and-half mixture, whisking gently until thoroughly combined.

Step 7

Pour the mixture into the ramekins (the ramekins will not be full) and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours. The panna cottas can be kept refrigerated, covered with plastic wrap, up to 2 days

Step 8

When ready to serve, run a thin knife along the edge of each ramekin and invert the pana cottas onto plates. Sprinkle with the chives and serve immediately.

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