Pepper Crusted Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream on a Crostini


Pepper Crusted Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream on a Crostini

The Beef Marinade:

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, cracked (I fold them in a paper towel and bash them with a hammer)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds London broil (top sirloin), cut 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

The Horseradish Cream:

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, softly whipped

The Garlic Crostini:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 1/3-inch slices cut from a French baguette
  • Italian parsley, minced, for decoration

Pepper Crusted Tenderloin:

Directions

  1. Combine the garlic, hot red pepper flakes, peppercorns, rosemary, and olive oil in a Zip-loc bag. Add the beef, coating it with the marinade. Squeeze all the air out of the bag so the beef is enveloped by the marinade, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill or broiler for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle the steak with the salt and grill or broil to rare or medium rare, depending on your preference.
  3. The cooking time will depend on the thickness and temperature of the beef, so push at the steak with your finger, and if it still feels totally raw in the middle, give it a little longer.
  4. This is one of the things that cooks just need to intuit and learn to read the silent signs. Better under than overcooked, so check often, and if your finger defeats you, cut the steak with a knife and have a look. Let the steak rest for at least an hour, to get the juices back into the meat, then cut into short, very thin slices. (The best knife for slicing is a bread knife with wavy rather than pointed teeth, which cuts through beef amazingly well.) Serve on Grilled Garlic Crostini.
  5. Arrange a few shaved slices of beef on each piece of bread, top with a pungent dot of Horseradish Cream, scatter with minced Italian parsley, and dust on a little kosher salt.

Horseradish Cream:

Directions

  1. Use a microplane grater to grate the very fibrous horseradish, then mix the horseradish with the vinegar to keep the flavor from dissipating.
  2. Add the mustard, salt, and pepper, mix again; then fold into the whipped cream.

The Garlic Crostini:

Directions

  1. Mix the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl and brush lightly on both sides of the bread slices. Grill for 15 to 20 seconds on each side, until nicely marked, then remove with tongs and set aside.
  2. For broiling, position the rack so the slices are 2 inches from the flame and turn when the crostini starts to blacken at the edges.

Recipe shared from Epicurious.com and Serena Bass. This hearty Pepper Crusted Tenderloin hors d’oeuvre will give you mouthful peppery flavor and sinus-clearing horseradish.

This tasty bite was included in our Whiskey Cocktails Favorites.

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