Make this stunning beef tenderloin the centerpiece of your holiday table this season. Pair with your favorite green vegetable such as sautéed asparagus or spinach gratin, and a potato dish like scalloped or garlic mashed potatoes. Complete the meal with a few bottles of our 2016 District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon.
1 center-cut beef tenderloin (approx. 4 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons coffee beans, finely ground
2 tablespoons black peppercorns, coarsely ground
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Season beef with salt and pepper and set out, loosely covered, 1 hour prior to cooking. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Create a marinade paste by mixing the coffee and pepper with the mustard, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over high heat. Add the beef and sear on all sides, about 8 minutes. Coat the beef with the marinade and herbs. Place the skillet into the oven and roast until the beef is medium-rare. Tent the roast loosely with foil and let it rest for 15 – 20 minutes before serving.