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Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + marinating Bake: 40 min. + standing


8 servings

A coffee-enhanced rub lends robust flavor to juicy beef tenderloin. I often prepare this recipe for my family around the holidays instead of the traditional turkey or ham. The rich mashed potato stuffing adds an extra-special touch.—Rebecca Anderson, Austin, Texas


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry red wine or beef broth, divided
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (2 pounds)
  • 1 large potato, quartered
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives, optional
  • 3 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Pour 1 cup wine into a shallow dish; add the beef and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Place potato in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain; mash with cheese, milk, 2 tablespoons butter, bacon, horseradish sauce, 2 garlic cloves, garlic salt and chives if desired; set aside.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. In a small bowl, combine the coffee, brown sugar, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; rub over beef. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the tenderloin to within 3/4 in. of bottom. Open tenderloin so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 3/4 in. thickness. Remove plastic wrap; mound potato mixture over the center. Close tenderloin; tie at 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 40-45 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Remove meat to a serving platter. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, cook onion and remaining garlic in oil and remaining butter over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until onion is golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in the lemon juice, remaining wine and salt. Slice tenderloin; serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 356 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 658mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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