Beef Tenderloin with Tarragon Mushroom Sauce

This recipe is taken from the 2001 Milk Calendar. Who can resist the flavour of succulent beef tenderloin served with a delicately seasoned mushroom sauce?

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 50 min - 1 h
Yields 6 - 8 servings
beef tenderloin with tarragon mushroom sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 lb (1 Kg) beef tenderloin (1 piece)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) coarsely ground pepper
  • Tarragon Mushroom Sauce
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) butter
  • 3 cups (750 mL) finely chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped green onions
  • 1 cup (250 mL) canned beef broth (undiluted)
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried tarragon
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) 35 % cream

Preparation

Trim beef of any visible fat; place in roasting pan. Stir mustard with pepper then spread over beef. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C). Roast beef for 10 min; reduce heat to 350 °F (180 °C) and roast for 25 min for medium-rare or 30 to 35 min for well-done. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 min before slicing thinly.

Tarragon Mushroom Sauce

In nonstick skillet, heat butter over high heat; sauté mushrooms, stirring often, for about 8 min or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with flour; cook for 1 min. Add onions; cook, stirring, for 1 min. Add broth and tarragon; bring to boil. Boil, stirring often, until liquid is reduced by half.

Stir in cream and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-high; boil, stirring, for 2 to 3 min or until thickened slightly and sauce is reduced to about 1 cup (250 mL). Spoon sauce over servings of beef.

Tips

For the Adventurous: Soak 1/3 cup (80 ml) chopped dried porcini mushrooms in 1/2 cup (125 ml) hot water for 15 min or until softened; add mushrooms and soaking liquid to sauce along with broth; boil until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup (125 mL). Continue with step 4 above.

Make-Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate mushroom sauce for up to 1 day. Reheat before serving.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 241 Calories
Protein: 26 g
Carbohydrate: 3 g
Fat: 13 g
Fibre: 0.8 g
Sodium: 447 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 3 % / 34 mg
Vitamin B12: 105 %
Zinc: 57 %
Niacin: 42 %
Iron: 26 %