beef tenderloin with easy cranberry balsamic sauce
- 1 whole beef tenderloin roast (about 4 to 5 lbs)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
- 1 can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 425°F. Combine thyme and pepper; reserve 1 teaspoon seasoning mixture for sauce. Press remaining seasoning mixture evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
- Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 425°F oven 50 to 60 minutes for medium rare; 60 to 70 minutes for medium doneness.
- Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
- Meanwhile prepare sauce. Combine vinegar and shallots in small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes. Stir in cranberry sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 6 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in reserved seasoning and salt.
- Carve roast into slices; serve with sauce.
Nutrition information per serving (1/8 of recipe): 441 calories; 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat); 134 mg cholesterol; 191 mg sodium; 26 g carbohydrate; 1.1 g fiber; 5 g protein; 14.6 mg niacin; 1.1 mg vitamin B6; 2.7 mcg vitamin B12; 3.7 mg iron; 59.3 mcg selenium; 9.2 mg zinc.
This recipe is an excellent source of niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of protein.