A beef tenderloin is one of the those classic dishes you may make only once a year—and it might as well be during the holidays. To make sure you get the perfect roast, ask your butcher to trim the meat of any excess fat, sinew and silverskin, and to tie the meat using kitchen twine in one-and-a-half-inch intervals (this ensures even cooking; you can also do this yourself). You'll also want to season the meat aggressively with salt and allow it to sit at room temperature for an hour to take the chill off from the the fridge.
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Tenderloin Beef RoastRecipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus resting time
Cook Time: 45 minutes, plus resting time
Total Time: 1 hour, plus resting time