When, at long last, we sold our old (and I mean this literally, it was 121 years, built in 1892) house, we received a surprisingly and most welcome gift in the mail from Mr. O-P’s sister. Now anything marked Omaha Steaks is going to get my attention, but the contents of this box really bowled me over as we received two Chateaubriand and a cheesecake. What a treat! Beef tenderloin is a favorite of us both, and for years I’d buy one to serve to Mr. O-P on his birthday. Eventually though, with the rising price of, well, EVERYTHING, it would have been cheaper to buy him a new PC than the tenderloin, so that’s when we started going out. But I digress…
I remember when I was a little girl my mother used to serve tenderloin of beef at special dinner parties. She used this simple recipe from our favorite series of Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks back then (the same where appeared the delicious recipe for Creamy Ham Towers), Make Ahead Meals.
Here is the recipe as it appears in the book. Nothing could be simpler. As the Chateaubriand was smaller than the size of tenderloin in the recipe, I baked it for 20 minutes.
I served it with roasted Brussels sprouts and slices of crusty French bread. Delicious!
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