Perhaps you want to impress your guests, but don't want to spend hours over a hot stove, or chopping at the kitchen counter. This special dinner menu featuring a beef tenderloin is a perfect choice—most of the dishes can be made easily and without much attention, and the potatoes can be made days ahead of time.
Beef tenderloin is one of the most expensive cuts at the butcher's counter. But there are reasons for this price tag—there is absolutely no waste, and the meat is incredibly tender and flavorful.
It's also very simple to make—just rub with olive oil and some seasonings, insert a meat thermometer, and roast! This special dinner menu featuring beef tenderloin, garlic smashed potatoes, green beans amandine, and pecan pie is nothing short of spectacular. Use your best china and crystal for this elegant dinner, light a few candles, pour some slightly chilled red wine, and enjoy.
Rubbed with a paste of oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and marjoram, this beef tenderloin recipe is simple but rich and flavorful—and basically cooks unattended for about an hour, including the time it needs to rest after roasting. You will need a meat thermometer to keep track of the tenderloin's internal temperature, as well as some kitchen string to tie the beef, keeping it all the same thickness so it cooks evenly. This meat is succulent and tender all by itself, but if you like, serve a bit of horseradish or horseradish cream on the side.
Potatoes naturally go with beef, and these potatoes are incredibly delicious—they are creamy and flavorful, the perfect complement to the meat. Plus they finish in your crockpot, and since your oven needs to be free for roasting the beef, using the slow cooker for a side dish is very practical.
Because mashed potatoes can't really be made ahead of time (without finishing in the oven), using the slow cooker instead is the perfect solution—especially since they can be held for two hours on low—just stir every half hour or so.
With such a rich entree and side dish, a fresh, crisp green vegetable is perfect. And these simple yet dressed-up green beans round out the menu. You can use all green or all yellow wax beans if you like in this easy recipe, but the color combination of green and yellow wax beans is beautiful. The beans are cooked on the stove, as is the warm buttery almond-garlic topping, making for an easy but impressive side dish.
Ever have a pecan pie where the filling was just too liquidy? There is actually a solution for that—partially cooking the filling before it goes into the pie crust. This version is generous with the brown sugar, making the pecan pie so delicious. Keep in mind that this pie is best eaten within 12 hours, so make it the morning of your dinner party. Carefully follow the instructions for making this pie (baking at a low temp and heating both the crust and filling) and you too will serve the best pecan pie ever.