Recipe courtesy of Michael Voltaggio

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Glaze

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 to 16 servings



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the cippolini onions: Slice off the root end of the cippolinis. Put the cippolinis on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes in their skins. Remove from the oven, allow to come to room temperature, peel and reserve.
  3. For the beef tenderloin: Tie the beef tenderloin and season it generously with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then the tenderloin. Sear in the skillet on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Arrange the onions, garlic, thyme and carrots around the beef and add 2 tablespoons butter. Transfer to the oven and roast until the internal temperature registers 125 degrees F, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the tenderloin from the skillet and let rest. Add 1 cup each of the beef stock and wine to the vegetables, along with the cippolini onions, and bring to a simmer, basting the vegetables occasionally. Cook until the liquid begins to reduce and thicken, about 15 minutes. Remove and reserve the carrots and cippolini onions and strain the liquid into a clean medium saucepan.
  5. Add the remaining beef stock and red wine to the liquid in the saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until it reaches a glaze-like consistency, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce the heat and, while whisking, add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk until the butter is fully absorbed and the glaze has a nice sheen. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cut tenderloin in half and submerge each piece in the red wine glaze, coating well. Remove beef, take off string and slice into 1-inch pieces. Arrange sliced beef on a platter and top with the reserved carrots, cippolini onions and watercress.