Fillet with Crushed Grape Tomatoes and Horseradish
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds beef tenderloin
- Horseradish Sauce:
- 1/2 cup grated prepared horseradish
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Watercress sprigs, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Put a large, heavy cast iron or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add a 2-count drizzle of oil and get it smoking hot. Put the tenderloin in the skillet and sear the outside of the meat all over, 5 to 8 minutes total. Put it in the oven and roast 15 to 20 minutes until rare (the internal temperature of the meat will be 120 degrees F). Take the meat out of the pan, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate until it gets until good and cold, 1 to 2 hours.
When the beef is cold, take a long, very sharp knife, and cut the meat into slices as thin as you can make them. Lay them out on a platter (they'll overlap that's fine). Now drizzle the horseradish sauce all over the meat. Hand crush the tomatoes in a bowl and add olive oil to make them saucy; season that with salt and pepper too so that it tastes really good. Drizzle the tomato mixture over the top and garnish the whole thing with watercress.
Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence