Perhaps you want to impress your guests, but don't want to spend hours over a hot stove or chopping at the kitchen counter. This special dinner menu featuring a beef tenderloin is a perfect choice. Most of the dishes can be made easily and without much attention, and the potatoes can be made days ahead of time.
This beef tenderloin dinner menu featuring beef tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans amandine, and pecan pie is nothing short of spectacular. Use your best china and crystal for this elegant dinner, light a few candles, pour some slightly chilled red wine, and enjoy.
Beef tenderloin is one of the most expensive cuts at the butcher's counter. But there are reasons for this price tag—there is absolutely no waste, and the meat is incredibly tender and flavorful. It's also very simple to make. Simply rub it with olive oil and some seasonings, insert a meat thermometer, and roast!
Rubbed with a paste of oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and marjoram, this beef tenderloin recipe is simple but rich and flavorful. Better yet, it basically cooks unattended for about an hour, including the time it needs to rest after roasting.
You will need a meat thermometer to keep track of the tenderloin's internal temperature, as well as some kitchen string to tie the beef, keeping it all the same thickness so it cooks evenly. While the meat is succulent and tender all by itself, you can serve a bit of horseradish or horseradish cream on the side.
Potatoes naturally go with beef. These creamy, flavorful potatoes are incredibly delicious and the perfect complement to the meat. Plus they finish in your crock pot.
Since your oven needs to be free for roasting the beef, using the slow cooker for a side dish is very practical. It's the perfect solution for making mashed potatoes ahead of time—an otherwise impossible feat. The potatoes can be held for two hours on low and all you have to do is stir every half hour or so.
With such a rich entree and side dish, a fresh, crisp green vegetable is perfect. These simple yet dressed-up green beans round out the menu.
You can use all green or all yellow wax beans if you like, but the color combination of green and yellow wax beans is beautiful. The beans are cooked on the stove, as is the warm buttery almond-garlic topping, making for an easy but impressive side dish.
Ever have a pecan pie where the filling was just too liquidy? There is actually a solution for that—partially cooking the filling before it goes into the pie crust.
This version is generous with the brown sugar, making the pecan pie utterly delicious. Keep in mind that it is best eaten within 12 hours, so make it the morning of your dinner party. Carefully follow the instructions—baking at a low temp and heating both the crust and filling—and you too will serve the best pecan pie ever.