Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Cold Roast Fillet of Beef with Cracked Pepper Crust

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  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 tablespoon black peppercorns, ground coarsely

2 teaspoons dried green peppercorns, ground coarsely

1 teaspoon white peppercorns, ground coarsely

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1 trimmed 3 to 3 1/2-pound fillet of beef, tied, at room temperature

Parsley sprigs, for garnish, is desired

Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce, as accompaniments, recipe follows

Sour Cream Horseradish:

1 cup sour cream

3 teaspoons horseradish

Salt and pepper



  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the black pepper, the green pepper, the white pepper, and the salt. Rub the meat with the pepper-salt mixture. Sear meat in hot skillet until browned all over. If tenderloin is too large for skillet, cut meat in half. In an oiled roasting pan roast the fillet in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 130 degrees F for medium-rare meat, and let it cool to room temperature.
  3. The fillet may be roasted 2 days in advance and kept wrapped and chilled. Slice the fillet crosswise, arrange it on a cutting board or platter, and garnish it with the parsley. Serve the beef with the Sour Cream Horseradish.

Sour Cream Horseradish:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Chill.