Pan Roast Beef Tenderloin with a Mushroom Cream Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Valentine's Day or any other day, this makes a romantic dinner for two. On Valentine's Day, try cutting some heart-shaped vegetables using a small heart-shaped pastry cutter and your vegetables of choice - butternut squash, carrot, white turnip, are all easy to use for this type of vegetable preparation. Simply slice the vegetable (use a Japanese mandoline if you have one) approximately one-eighth thick. Blanch in boiling, salted water for 60 seconds. Remove; cool down immediately and then cut out the heart shape vegetables. It is far easier to cut the vegetables with a heart-shaped cutter when they have been blanched. Toss them in a little melted butter in a non-stick pan for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with chopped parsley and arrange on your plate.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a fry pan over medium high heat, add a splash of olive oil and half a teaspoon of butter.
  2. Season the beef tenderloin with salt and pepper and add to pan.
  3. Add the clove of garlic and sprig of fresh thyme.
  4. Slowly roast the beef tenderloin on all sides, turning routinely every 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To cook the beef tenderloin medium, this should take approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Once roasted nicely, golden brown, remove the beef tenderloin and keep warm off to one side.
  7. Pick out the garlic and thyme, return the pan to the heat, and add a splash of cognac and flame so as to allow the alcohol to burn off.
  8. Add the chicken stock and reduce by two- thirds, then add the cream and simmer gently to reduce and thicken by half.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and keep sauce warm on one side.
  10. Using a clean fry pan, over high heat, quickly sauté your choice of assorted mushrooms that have been picked over and cut into hazel nut size pieces.
  11. Sauté in a splash of olive oil and butter.
  12. Season with salt and pepper; this should take 3 to 4 minutes for the mushrooms to soften and release some juices.
  13. Arrange beef tenderloin& mushrooms on your plates, then drizzle sauce around the mushrooms and a little over the tenderloin.
  14. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


Most Helpful

This is restaraunt quality fare!! Easy to make, delicious to eat...Absolutely fabulous!! The recipe was made as written, and it was all I could do not to lick my plate! The cream sauce is wonderful!! The beef was tender and juicy, and Chris and I loved this recipe..thank you so much !! Teresa

TGirl,RN March 08, 2004

This was fabulous! Easy to make too, I thought it was going to be more difficult but it was actually quite easy. The flavor was specatular. The cut of meat I had was a bit tough, lots of gristle, though no fault of the recipe. But the flavor was outstanding. Highly recommended, and much thanks!

Autuamnsprite May 20, 2011

Absolutely Awesome! This is my husband and I's new favorite! So easy to make and it tastes like it was a project. A definite Must Try! I use white wine verses the cognac, but am sure that too would be great. I always add more shrooms, just cuz we love 'em. Thanks for sharing such a devine recipe!!!

jpandbarb December 12, 2007

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