If you want to have a dinner party featuring a beef tenderloin then check out this menu plan to impress your guests without needing to spend hours over a hot stove or chopping at the kitchen counter. Most of the dishes can be made easily and without much attention, like the potatoes that can be made days ahead of time.
This beef tenderloin dinner stars beef tenderloin, which is accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes, green beans amandine, and pecan pie. It 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.
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Beef tenderloin is one of the most expensive cuts at the butcher's counter. The reasons for this high price tag: there is absolutely no waste, and the meat is incredibly tender and flavorful. It is 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, beef tenderloin 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.
Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Meat and potatoes are a common combination and with good reason. The usually bland starchiness of potatoes is like a wonderful blank palette for the flavorful juices and seasoning that come from the steak. 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 is 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.
Green Beans Amandine
When you have such a rich entree, your plate practically begs for a fresh, crisp green vegetable to break up the hearty unctuousness. A simple, yet dressed-up green bean dish (also called green beans almondine for its use of almonds) round out the dinner menu.
You can use green or yellow wax beans if you like or consider a color combination of green and yellow wax beans for a beautiful presentation. The beans are cooked on the stove, as is the warm buttery almond-garlic topping, making for an easy but impressive side dish.
The key to making the best pecan pie is to make sure the consistency of the ingredients is just right. Ever have a pecan pie where the filling was just too liquidy? The solution for that is partially cooking the filling before it goes into the pie crust.
This recipe is generous with the brown sugar, which is perhaps what makes this pecan pie utterly delicious. Pecan pie is best eaten within 12 hours, so make it the morning of your dinner party. For the best results follow the instructions exactly, and that means baking it at a low temp for heating both the crust and filling.