Beef Tenderloin With Homemade Bacon Butter

As any meat lover will tell you, meat is a vegetable, there's no such thing as "too much meat," and you can never get enough. So if you consider meat to be your one and only true love, you should definitely try this recipe. Even if you're not such a big fan of meat, you have got to try the homemade bacon butter – this smooth and smoky spread will take all your dishes to a whole new level.

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour

You'll Need:

For the bacon butter:

  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the duchess potatoes:

  • 1½ lbs potatoes
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt, pepper & nutmeg to taste
  • 1 whisked egg yolk for the egg wash 

For the spinach parmesan sauce:

  • 8 oz white mushrooms, chopped
  • 10 oz fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • salt, pepper & nutmeg to taste
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

You'll also need:

  • 1 beef tenderloin

Here's how:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Fry the bacon strips on both sides until crispy and then blot them with paper towels to remove excess grease.

2. Chop the bacon into small pieces, add them to a bowl together with the bacon grease, softened butter, paprika, parsley, honey, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

3. Spoon the bacon butter mixture onto some plastic wrap. Roll the butter into a log, tightly seal the plastic wrap, and refrigerate until hardened.

4. For the duchess potatoes, peel the potatoes, cut them in half, and boil in salted water. Add the butter, egg yolk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and mash until smooth.

5. Fill a piping bag with the mashed potato mixture and create spiral mounds on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Brush the egg wash over the duchess potatoes, transfer the pan to the oven, and cook at 350°F for 15 minutes.

6. For the spinach parmesan sauce, heat some olive oil in a pan over medium heat and fry the mushrooms. Stir in the fresh spinach, heavy cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and parmesan cheese.

7. Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium heat and sear the beef tenderloin on each side. Reduce the oven temperature to 275°F, transfer the pan to the oven, and cook for 30 minutes.

8. Take the hardened bacon butter roll out of the fridge, remove the plastic wrap, and cut the roll into 5 even slices.

9. Cut the beef tenderloin into 5 even slices and serve each one with a helping of duchess potatoes, spinach parmesan sauce, and bacon butter.

Just look at how the bacon butter slowly melts on the piece of beef tenderloin... what a dream!

You can find the recipe for the Roast Beef With Aioli featured in the bonus video here

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