Saturday, June 18, 2011

Carmela Soprano's Roasted Beef Tenderloin - Holiday Dinner Menu

Tomorrow's the big day for Dads.
Happy Father's Day!!

I have yet to meet a Vegetarian Dad.
Dads I've met refer to salads as 'rabbit food'.
And not with a smile on their faces.

That's right, Dad, or hubby, will be expecting meat.
A nice cut of meat.
No, you can't get away with hot dogs.

In the Fit for a Bride chapter of Carmela's Entertaining with the Sopranos
there's a recipe for Roasted Beef Tenderloin.  
Complete with picture.  Guaranteed to put a smile on Dad's face.

No, I still don't understand Carmela's editor.
Fit for a Bride?
Give me a break.
Before the wedding the bride is eating so much 'rabbit food', 
the groom is calling her Bugs.
As in Bunny.
And on the Big Day?
What with the cost of the dress, the pictures, etc. well, 
cuts have to be made somewhere.
Can you say 'Ham'?
Yeah, thought so. 

                              Roasted Beef Tenderloin 

Preheat oven to 425º
Oil a large roasting pan

Mix together
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Pat dry with paper towels
two 3- to 3 1/2 pound trimmed and tied center-cut beef tenderloin roasts
Rub the meat with the spice/oil mixture

Place the meat in the pan.
Roast 30 minutes
A thermometer inserted in the center should read 120º for rare.
Remove the meat to a cutting board, loosely cover with foil, and let stand 15 minutes.

The meat will continue to cook, the temperature will rise to 130º for medium rare.
Adjust according to Dad's taste.  Some prefer well-done.  Humor him.

To serve hot, cut the meat into 1/2-inch thick slices just before serving.
If Dad prefers room temperature, cut meat and arrange slices on a platter.
It's his choice.
The ties definitely weren't.

On the facing page in Entertaining with the Sopranos, the tenderloin is served with asparagus, stuffed mushrooms, marinated peppers and roasted potatoes.
Good choices.
If Dad likes them.

Would I make Roasted Beef Tenderloin again?
With corn, sliced tomatoes and broccoli.
Like I said, it's his day.

Another recipe down.  Sixteen more to go. 

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