A very delicious version of the preparation of beef tenderloin with sauce. This time the tomato sauce, with the texture that the onion gives, and aromatic basil. If you want a smoother sauce, you can blender it before adding the basil. By the way, the sauce is quite versatile, it can be used for many dishes where a bright accent is needed.
Cooking time: 25 min.
Beef Tenderloin 800 g
Onion (100g) 1 pc.
Fresh green basil 30 g
Ground black pepper ¼ tsp.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Extra Virgin) 15 ml
Tomato puree 300 g or tomatoes
Sea salt ½ tsp.
How to cook beef tenderloin
Filet mignon is prepared from the middle part of the tenderloin, so if you have the whole tenderloin, you must first prepare it. Cut off the thickened part on one side and the thin part on the other.
Cut the resulting peeled fillet across slices 4 cm thick.
In a very hot pan with a thick bottom, put the meat loosely so that the pieces do not touch each other. Salt, pepper and cook for 1.5-2 minutes. Then turn over and fry on the other side for another 1.5-2 minutes. If you have a grill pan, then turn the meat over while turning it 90 degrees to get a “net” and cook another 1.5-2 minutes on each side. When the meat is cooked, it must be removed from the pan, covered with foil and put in the oven, preheated to 50 degrees, and left there for 10-15 minutes, until the sauce is prepared. So the meat will evenly warm inside and remain juicy.
For the sauce, finely chop the onion and fry it over medium heat, stirring, in the same pan where the meat was cooked, adding a spoonful of olive oil. When the onion becomes transparent and soft, add tomato puree or tomatoes and simmer over low heat for 5-7 minutes. You can add a little water if the sauce is too thick..
Finely chop the leaves of fresh basil. At the end of the stew, add basil, salt and pepper to the pan..
Stir and warm again. Try the sauce and, if necessary, straighten the taste. If the sauce seems sour (depending on the quality of the tomato puree), then you can add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
Serve the prepared filet mignon with the sauce.