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Special occasion dinner

When you need a stunning main course, this garlic and rosemary-crusted beef tenderloin fits the bill perfectly.

Garlic and rosemary-crusted beef tenderloin with creamy horseradish sauce

This beef tenderloin has a huge wow factor, but it only takes minutes to prepare. Your guests will be impressed, and you won't even have broken a sweat for this special occasion dinner.

Garlic and rosemary-crusted beef tenderloin with creamy horseradish sauce recipe

Adapted from Nordstrom Entertaining at Home Cookbook

Serves 6


For the beef

  • 1 center cut beef tenderloin (about 2.5 pounds), trimmed and silver skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup prepared horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt


For the beef

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small dish, combine the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Using your hands rub the rosemary mixture all over the tenderloin.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet (or any oven-safe pan) over high heat. Place the roast in the skillet and brown all the sides, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and roast for about 40-45 minutes, depending on desired doneness. (Check out this chart for approximate cooking times.)
  6. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10-15 minutes, then slice and serve with creamy horseradish sauce.

For the sauce

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until thickened stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

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