Caramelized Shallot Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

Caramelized Shallot Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 2 (1 ½ -2 lb.) center cut beef tenderloins
  • 6 slices of bacon chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 lb. shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 6 oz. package baby spinach coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • Kitchen string

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tenderloins horizontally to within ½ inch of other side to form pocket. DO NOT CUT THROUGH! Open tenderloins so they lay flat.
  2. Place bacon into a 12-inch non stick skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon into a small bowl. Pour all but 1 Tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet into another small bowl, set aside.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons butter to 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in skillet; cook over medium heat until melted. Add shallots; cook 10 minutes or until tender and browned. Stir in spinach; cook until leaves are soft (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese, bacon, and bread crumbs.
  4. Sprinkle inside surface of EACH tenderloin with 1 ½ teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Spread spinach mixture evenly over inside surface of each tenderloin. Fold top portion of tenderloin over the filling. Tie roasts at 1 inch intervals with kitchen string, or secure using small turkey skewers.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings and remaining 1 tablespoon butter to same skillet. Place tenderloins in skillet; cook over medium high heat, turning as necessary, until well browned. (5 to 8 minutes).
  6. Place tenderloins into a shallow roasting pan along with any remaining drippings in skillet. (Do not cover.) Bake for 30-40 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of tenderloin reaches 135 degrees for medium doneness. Remove to cutting board; cover with aluminum foil. Let stand for 10 minutes. (temperature will increase about 10 degrees.
  7. Meanwhile, add whipping cream to pan drippings in roaster. Cook over medium heat, stirring to scrape up browned bits, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking until desire consistency; strain. Slice beef ; serve with sauce.