Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce

  • Serves

    serves 10


Hunter Lewis, SAVEUR Kitchen Director, prepares this flavorful tenderloin every Christmas Eve.


  • 1 (3 1⁄2–5 lb.) fully trimmed beef tenderloin, butt end left intact
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp. cracked black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 12 cups sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. prepared horseradish


Step 1

Put beef on a sheet of plastic wrap; rub with oil. Sprinkle with salt; rub with mustard, then season with pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Wrap in plastic wrap; let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

Step 2

Heat oven to 425˚. Place beef on a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest end reads 115˚, about 35 minutes. Switch oven to broiler setting; broil until crusty, 5–10 minutes. (A thermometer inserted into thickest end should read 125˚) Let roast rest on a cutting board for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sour cream and horseradish in a bowl to make a sauce. Thinly slice beef and serve with sauce.

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