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Pistachio-crusted beef tenderloin

Pistachio-crusted beef tenderloin
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes | Serves 8 to 10
Note: From executive chef Terry Sheehan at the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park.
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pound beef tenderloin
  • Salt and coarse black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup toasted unsalted pistachios, ground
  • 1/4 cup clarified butter

Step 1Season the tenderloin generously with salt and pepper.

Step 2Roll the tenderloin in the pistachios, coating it completely in nuts. Wrap it tightly in plastic and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove the tenderloin from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature (allow about 30 minutes) before roasting. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 3In a roasting pan that can be used on the stove top, or in a large oven-safe skillet, heat the clarified butter and pan-sear the tenderloin, browning all sides evenly.

Step 4Roast until the meat's internal temperature is 130 degrees, about 35 minutes. Remove the roast from the oven, loosely cover with foil and let it rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing. The temperature will rise to about 140 degrees, for rare.

Step 5Serve with bearnaise demi-glace. (see related recipe)

Each of 10 servings:
436 calories; 40 grams protein; 4 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 29 grams fat; 11 grams saturated fat; 130 mg. cholesterol; 85 mg. sodium.
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