Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin With Madeira

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 1 hr

I found this dish in a Southern Living Christmas cookbook and made it for my husband's birthday dinner a couple of years ago. Since then, it has become one of our favorite holiday dishes--eaten for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! This past year, we invited our neighbors over to celebrate Christmas with us and this was what we had, served alongside balsamic green beans, a potato gratin, and some lovely wheat rolls. It is not as time consuming as a first glance at the instructions make it appear to be. Part of the prep can be done ahead of time and making the sauce is easy and goes fairly fast. And, the gentleman at our local wine store said that a dry cooking sherry can work as a suitable substitute for the madeira wine, which can run a little on the pricey side.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut tenderloin in half crosswise; sprinkle both pieces evenly with 21/2 teaspoons pepper and salt.
  2. Combine ¼ cup parsley, rosemary, and 3 tablespoons thyme; rub over beef.
  3. Fold narrow end of tenderloin under to achieve a uniform thickness.
  4. Wrap beef around tenderloin pieces, and secure at 1” intervals with heavy string.
  5. Heat 12” nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add beef in 2 batches.
  6. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning often to brown all sides.
  7. Remove beef from pan, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.
  8. Place beef on rack in large roasting pan.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of tenderloin registers 140 degrees (rare) to 160 degrees (medium) or to desired degree of doneness.
  10. Remove tenderloin to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil; let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Remove string.
  11. Meanwhile, heat reserved pan drippings in same skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots, mushrooms, and remaining tablespoon of thyme.
  12. Cook 3 minutes; add Madeira, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of pan.
  13. Add beef broth and consommé, bring to a boil.
  14. Remove from heat; add remaining ½ teaspoon pepper, remaining ¼ cup parsley, and butter, whisking until butter melts.
  15. Slice tenderloin into 1/2”-thick slices; arrange on serving platter. Garnish, if desired. Serve with Madeira sauce.
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I made my tenderloin without stuffing, but this was really delicious. My guests enjoyed it very much. I will make again with the stuffing. Thanks for posting. It makes for an elegant dinner. I did it with fingerling potatoes along side with okra casserole.

mightyro_cooking4u April 21, 2009