Peppercorn- Lavender Tenderloin
Serves 8 to 10
Lavender’s flavor is both tangy and floral, so it works as well in savory dishes as it does in sweet ones—It’s addition to the beef tenderloin is fabulous!
- 2 tablespoons dried food-quality lavender buds
- 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon whole white peppercorns
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- One 4 1/2-pound whole beef tenderloin, trimmed and silverskin removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
1. The day before serving, grind the lavender, fennel, peppercorns, thyme, and salt to a powder with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder. Rub the tenderloin with the spice mixture, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
2. Remove the tenderloin from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place an oven rack in the center position and preheat the oven to 425°F. Place a rack inside a roasting pan.
3. Remove the plastic wrap, brush off the spices from the tenderloin, and rub with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Place the tenderloin on the rack and roast for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through.
4. Reduce the heat to 325°F and roast for 5 to 15 minutes longer, to the desired doneness (an instant-read thermometer will read 125°F for medium rare).
5. Transfer the roast to a carving board and let rest, loosely covered with foil, for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add the remaining olive oil to the roasting pan, scrape well, and stir to combine the drippings.
6. Cut the tenderloin against the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices and transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle the pan drippings over the meat and serve.