When it comes to grilled beef tenderloin, all you really need is a good piece of meat and a simple preparation. The meat itself and its natural juices will always shine!
My family loves beef tenderloin, I think my son would eat his body weight in it if he could. I make a whole beef tenderloin every Christmas as part of our traditional surf & turf menu. When I first started to do this years ago, I slaved away each year coating the tenderloin. making reductions, stuffing the meat etc. I wanted it to be “fancy”. After all it was for Christmas Day.
By the time dinner arrived, I was knee deep in pots and pans and exhausted, not how I want to spend my holiday. Plus you know what? I’m not that big of a fan of stuffing a piece of meat as delicious as a whole beef tenderloin. It alters the way the meat cooks.
I eventually came to realize when it comes to beef tenderloin, all you really need is a good piece of meat and a simple preparation. The meat itself and its natural juices will always shine!
Our favorite way to enjoy beef tenderloin is grilled. I simply infuse good quality olive or grapeseed oil with lots of fresh garlic, salt and pepper. Then slather the seasoned meat with it. That…is it! The grill does the rest.
My son always volunteers to prepare the meat. That kid loves a good steak more than anyone I know, which must be why he always appears when it’s near. I’ve taught him how to cook a steak, however cooking a whole fillet is a different animal.
Somehow when it comes to meat, I just have an instinct as to when its done. My husband says it’s freaky. So I’ve tried to pass that on to my just-turned-14 year old son, showing him how the touch test works for beef as well as relying on smell, time and temperature. He’s really getting the hang of it.
I look for a deliciously charred outside and a nice medium cook on the inside. To dress it up a bit for the holidays, I do a riff on Frizzled Leeks. Frizzled Leeks are thin slices of leek that you fry until crunchy and brown. I however want vibrant green, so I wilt some and crisp some. Once they are well seasoned they are irresistible and make your house smell delicious! Try to not eat them all as they come out of the pan…trust me!