Chef Marcus Samuelsson writes: "Sometimes a celebration calls for a big, impressive roast of beef, and what better way to honor Mom than with beef tenderloin? It's an elegant cut, fork-tender, but the flavor is mild so it's an ideal candidate for a zesty rub. I start with Provençal flavors -- rosemary, tarragon, mustard, anchovies, garlic -- and add coffee and chocolate for rich, deep notes."
From "Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home" by Marcus Samuelsson. © 2014 by Marcus Samuelsson. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Roast Beef Tenderloin with a Coffee-Chocolate Crust
Serves 6 to 8
1 (3- to 4-pound) trimmed beef tenderloin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. coffee beans
2 Tbsp. black peppercorns
2 teaspoons grated unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao)
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 anchovy fillets, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
Needles from 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
Take the beef out of the refrigerator 1 hour before you plan to roast it and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Crush the coffee beans and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle or on the counter with the back of a small, heavy skillet.
Mix the coffee bean-peppercorn mixture with the chocolate, mustard, anchovies, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to make a thick paste.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over high heat. When it shimmers, add the beef and sear it on all sides, about 8 minutes. Press down on the beef to get a good crust on it. Slather the paste on the beef and strew the herbs on top.
Slide the skillet into the oven and roast until the beef registers 120° to 125°F for medium-rare; start checking with an instant-read thermometer after 20 minutes. Tent the roast loosely with foil and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.
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