December 7, 2008

Pepper Seared Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce

4 (6-ounce) beef tenderloin fillets
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided
2 teaspoons flour
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2/3 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Sprinkle fillets evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt; press cracked pepper into all sides of fillets.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat; add beef, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until beef is desired degree of doneness.

Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and ground pepper until blended; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Add cream, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in horseradish and mustard. Drizzle over fillets.

Serves 4.

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