Prep 1 hr
Cook 35 mins
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- cayenne pepper (2 pinches)
- 1 (4 -5 lb) whole beef tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 tablespoons port wine
- 1⁄2 cup mascarpone
- 3⁄4 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
- salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper; set aside.
- Cut away and discard all the excess sinews and white skin from the beef.
- Tuck the ends under so that the beef is of uniform diameter.
- Tie at 3-inch intervals with kitchen twine to hold the meat together.
- Massage the oil into meat; rub the salt mixture onto the beef.
- Fill a serving platter with hot water to heat; discard the water and dry when ready to use.
- Place tenderloin on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; transfer to the oven and roast for 25-35 minutes, until the internal temperature is 125° for rare, 135° for medium-rare, and 140° for medium.
- Make Roquefort-Mascarpone Sauce: melt butter in a small skillet; add in shallots; cook over low heat until the shallots are softened but not browned, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add in port and continue cooking until the liquid is reduced to half its original volume.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Mix the mascarpone and roquefort together in a small bowl until well combined; add the shallots and port; mix well; add salt to taste.
- Remove beef from the oven when meat reaches the desired temperature, remove the twine, and transfer the meat to the serving platter.
- Pour the pan juices over the meat and then spread the Roquefort-Mascarpone Sauce over the beef.
- Cover meat with a tent made of foil; let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
- To serve, slice the meat about ½ inch thick; serve the slices of meat with some of the melted sauce drizzled on top; serve immediately.