The Essential Guide To Beef
Beef has long been a popular item to serve for main dish entrees, in soups & stews, for sandwiches as well as many appetizer applications. Although we look to ground beef to fill a variety of those needs at meal time with popular classics ranging from enchiladas, chili, tostadas & bolognese to lasagna, burgers & more, there are a wide selection of beef cuts just waiting to grace your dinner table whether for casual sandwich suppers or when entertaining & celebratory occasions beckon. Over the next several weeks, drop in daily to learn how to select & use the many styles of beef cuts that may be found from your local market. I will showcase a variety of different cooking methods to best highlight each that deliver optimum flavor, texture & value. In the meantime, use this as a refresher course & learn how to prepare beef tenderloin for upcoming social gatherings & special meals such as birthdays & Valentine’s Day.
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How To Prepare Beef Tenderloin
Beef tenderloin is the quintessential entree to serve family & friends for special meals. It is also one of the easiest cuts of meat to prepare. Very little is needed to enhance the flavor. Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper season the beef flawlessly. Keeping the flavors simple opens up a wide array of serving options. Beef tenderloin may also be cut into steaks & grilled so do not underestimate the versatility of this favorite beef cut.
A few pieces of equipment will be necessary in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Here’s what you should know.
Ask the butcher to break down the beef for you. The tenderloin should be ready for preparations right out of the package.
The main point to consider when preparing a beef tenderloin for roasting is that in order for it to cook evenly, it should be the same circumference from end to end. There will be one side of the tenderloin a good bit smaller. Tuck about 3 inches of the smallest part of the beef under, creating a relatively even thickness for the entire piece of beef.
Place the beef on a lightly greased rack on a foil-lined half sheet pan. Tuck about 3 inches of the smallest part of the beef under, creating a relatively even thickness for the entire piece of beef. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until the desired degree of doneness is reached. Remove from the oven & let stand for 20 minutes. Begin gauging the beef temperature on the lower time provided. Check it every 5 to 10 minutes afterwards until the desired temperature is reached. Look to Cooking Classics: Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin for additional photos, the recipe & instruction.
The Temperature Guide
Rare: 120 to 125 degrees
Medium-Rare: 130 to 135 degrees
Medium: 140 to 145 degrees
Medium-Well: 150 to 155 degrees
Well: 160 degrees
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