Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter
This Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter post is sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
This Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter is a delicious and surprisingly easy recipe to make! This is perfect for a special occasion…or any day that ends in -y!
Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and a steak, I don’t care if I never get back.
Wait. A steak? Is that really part of the lyrics? Ok, so maybe I took a few liberties with this classic baseball song, but there’s a good reason!
As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in the Carolinas. My childhood involved catching pirates and digging for buried treasure in Charleston, SC. My high school and college years, however, were spent in the Triangle region of North Carolina. (The Triangle refers to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area in the middle of the state.) I went to college in Durham, and I worked there for another year or so after I graduated. At the time, the city was very much an old tobacco town. In fact, Laura and I got a couple of wedding photos in front of an old tobacco warehouse.
But this post isn’t about Bull Durham tobacco. It’s about the Durham Bulls, the local AAA baseball team. (And, yes, the famous Bull Durham movie was written about the Durham Bulls.) One of the iconic features of the Durham Bulls stadium is actually a leftover from that movie. Sitting in the left field of that ball park is a huge mechanical bull. Snorting Bull stands 20 feet high, 30 feet long and he’s mounted 310 feet off the ground. His primary job is to intimidate opponents…and offer free steaks!
If a home player hits the bull with a ball, then they win a free steak. (And if you hit the “grass” under the bull? Well, then, you win a salad.) Hitting the bull is a rare event (it typically only happens 1-2 times a season), but quite a show erupts if that bull gets hit! The bull’s nostrils send out puffs of smoke, his eyes light up red and his tail wags. And, of course, the stadium (and the players on the bench) go wild. It’s a sight to see!
Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter
Last year, Laura and I were having a game night with friends a couple weeks before Christmas, and they told us how they always make a beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner. We had never cooked beef tenderloin at home, but it sounded like a great idea. Well, lemme tell ya, that tenderloin was fantastic! In fact, it was so good, that we decided that beef tenderloin is now our go-to Christmas meal.
Have you guys seen the Roast Perfect app? This app was created by the folks at Certified Angus Beef ® brand, and it’s seriously an awesome tool for roast season! Let’s say you’re in the grocery store, and you find an amazing deal on a roast. However, you’re not really sure how to cook it, or how much to buy. Has this ever happened to you? It definitely has happened to me! Roast Perfect app to the rescue!
The Roast Perfect app lets you select the type of roast and the number of people you’re serving. And *abra cadabra* the app calculates what size roast you should purchase. But that’s not it. From there, you can browse recipes so you can pick up everything else you need while you’re out shopping. However, if you ask me, the coolest thing about the app is it’s built-in timer. You just plug in the type of roast and the size, and then the app gives you pre-set timers for searing, roasting and resting. Just hit start and that’s it! (Click here to download the Roast Perfect app on your phone or tablet.)
Since it’s the holiday season, I picked up a Certified Angus Beef ® brand tenderloin at my favorite local butcher shop, and we made this Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter. Adding a bit of butter to a finished steak is a steakhouse secret, and I decided to up that game by using butter mixed with Parmesan cheese, garlic and a little pinch of red pepper flakes. The result was out of this world good!
We invited a couple of our good friends over and served this Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter for dinner. Needless to say, there wasn’t much left in the way of leftovers. (Of course, I had used the Roast Perfect app to know much tenderloin to buy given the number of people at dinner.)
If you’re looking for a delicious meal for a special occasion, then this Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter deserves a spot on the list! I know the holidays are starting to wind down, but there’s always New Year’s Eve and then Valentine’s Day shortly afterwards. Or, if you’re like me, you don’t need a special holiday to make beef tenderloin. You just need a day that ends in -y. Cheers, friends!
Did you make this Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter at home? Have you used the Roast Perfect app? Leave a comment below! Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).
Looking for more tasty Certified Angus Beef ® brand recipes? Check out these other favorites, too:
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Smoked Brisket Tacos
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Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Butter
For the Tenderloin
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried thyme
- ½ Tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 5 pound Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin trimmed
- fresh parsley chopped
For the Parmesan Butter
- 4 oz. unsalted butter room temperature
- 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- pinch red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Using a small bowl, combine oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and mustard powder. Rub spice mixture evenly over entire tenderloin.
- Place tenderloin on rack of a small roasting pan.
- Roast for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Continue roasting for 60 minutes (for medium doneness), or until internal temperature reaches 135°-140°F.
- Remove tenderloin from oven and tent lightly with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the parmesan butter by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Brush this mixture on top of the roast.
- Slice roast and serve.
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We always have turkey for Christmas day, but this would make such a lovely meal for New Year’s! Love the parmesan butter (because I’m a huge fan of both). That app sounds wonderful! I typically cook way too much cause I never want to run out, but then you don’t wanna be eatin’ leftovers for days do ya 😉 ?Even though this looks INCREDIBLE! I can see how tender it is from your pics 🙂 Hope you and your family have the BEST Christmas, David!
We used to do turkey for Christmas Day, too, but last year we decided to do something different. We were a little turkey-d out after Thanksgiving, so we went with a beef roast…and now it’s our new tradition! And as far as leftovers, I respectfully disagree. Leftovers after Thanksgiving and Christmas are the best! Nice easy dinners that are (1) delicious and (2) you don’t have to think about. 🙂 Thanks so much, Dawn, and I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas, too!
We usually make a standing rib roast for Christmas but this year I am cooking a traditional turkey dinner because my niece and her husband are coming from Germany. I just downloaded the app , thank you, I can use some help when cooking meat. Your roast looks like a real show piece for a special dinnner. Merry Christmas David to you and your family and a happy and healthy New Year. I love your wedding picture and I have to ask my husband about your team, he is a real baseball fan.
I totally understand doing the turkey this year since you want to treat your niece and husband to a traditional American turkey. That standing rib roast sounds delicious, though, and I was tempted to try that out this year. Our local butcher had some gorgeous rib roasts the other day! That app is super helpful, Gerlinde…I love that it calculates everything for you and then includes a timer too! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I hope you have a wonderful time visiting with your German relatives! 🙂
My brother and I are co-hosting Christmas dinner and he’s making a roast so I just sent him the link to that app. It sounds so helpful! And I love the sound of your parmesan butter–I’m making rolls so I’ll just do a double (or quadruple) batch and use that butter on EVERYTHING. Merry Christmas to you and your family, David!
Awesome! This app really is super helpful when it comes to knowing how long to cook a roast. Making Christmas dinner requires a lot of coordination as it is, so I’ll take all of the help I can get! Hmmm…parmesan butter on rolls? I think you just landed on a genius idea, Kelsie! I’m going to try that out myself. Best of luck with the Christmas hosting, and I hope you and the family (including Cookie!) have a very Merry Christmas!
aww…I love to see your wedding photo, David! What a beautiful couple you are!
We’re planning to go off beat this year and have steak for Christmas dinner and this one looks perfect! So flavorful and SO easy!!
Why thank you very much, Marissa! I’ve always loved that photo with the mix of rustic vibes going on there. 🙂
*High five* to steaks for Christmas this year! We’ve all in on the beef for Christmas ourselves. We realized that we were turkey-d out after Thanksgiving each year, so beef roast (or steak!) it is for us now. Cheers, my friend, and Merry Christmas!
Well, you know that I’m not that passionate about baseball and other…exciting things. So let’s pretend I’m paying particular attention to these stories while I steal this succulent and delicious beef tenderloin. Agreed? P.S. I did read the entire post indeed – it was highly entertaining (yawning)
Hey, you don’t have to like baseball to appreciate a gigantic snorting bull. 🙂 I would’ve saved you some of this tenderloin…but…well…maybe next time. Haha! Merry Christmas to you and Andrey! I hope Santa brings you plenty of lavender.
Thanks David for the story behind the Bull! Your beef tenderloin looks perfect for a holiday meal or a Sunday feast!
Hey there, Cindy! Thanks so much for stopping by. This beef tenderloin is one of our favorites for sure. I had a blast making this pre-Christmas, and you better believe it will be showing up again on Christmas Day! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, my friend!
Oooohhh that roast is calling my name!!! I can’t wait to give it a try Christmas Eve!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Bobbi! 🙂 I hope Santa brings you a roast on Christmas Eve this year. (Santa can come early, right? Haha.) Cheers!
What a cool app! I love beef tenderloin and with this Parmesan butter — even better! Such a great centerpiece for the holiday table. Cheers!
Thanks so much, Valentina! We started the beef roast tradition last year in our house, and now we really look forward to it. In fact, I’ve got another roast in the fridge now getting ready for tomorrow’s dinner. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, my friend. Cheers!!
When I first started reading I thought you might be writing about ballpark food (so bad its good), but then remembered the picture looks much better than anything I’ve ever had at a ballpark. I’d be over the moon if it were on my dinner table! I very nearly switched Christmas dinner this year to beef, but was talked out of it. Had to compromise to have beef in the new year, but what a great idea to use a bit of parmesan butter with it!
Haha! While I do love ballpark food, I agree that I’ve never come across beef tenderloin at a ballpark! Plus, it’s way too darned cold out there right now to be sitting in a ballpark. Haha! We just switched to doing beef roasts last year, and we love the new tradition. New Year’s Eve/Day is another great excuse for a tasty meal, though. I hope you and the family have a wonderful holidays, Matt! Cheers!
This looks so delicious and perfectly done, David! The parmesan butter sounds just amazing! I’ll have to check out the app. It would certainly come in handy.
Such a cool story about the bull and the Durham Bulls. I watched the movie way back when…. It must be really something to see a ball hit it!
Wishing you and all of your family a Merry Christmas!
I loved Bull Durham, too, Kelly! In fact, I gave all of my groomsmen at our wedding a copy of the movie. It just seemed appropriate since we got married in Durham. Our reception was actually in the shadow of the Durham Bulls ballpark, too. (It was a reception hall…but it just happened to be right there next door.) I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, my friend! Cheers!
If I didn’t already have plans for the big day, this’d be it! Merry Christmas, David!
Hey, there’s always New Year’s Eve. And New Year’s Day. And Valentine’s Day. And Thursdays. And Fridays. 🙂 Cheers, Jeff!
I’d say this would make a fine main course for Christmas dinner or any time.
Have a great holiday, David. And Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Why thank you very much, Frank! We switched to beef roasts for Christmas dinner last year, and we love the new tradition. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, my friend! Cheers! 🙂
That is a beautifully cooked tenderloin. I hope Christmas was everything you wanted it to be and then some.
Thank you so much, Karen! Christmas really was a lot of fun this year. Robbie just turned 3 in November, and he really loved Christmas this year. It was fun to experience that with him! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas as well. Happy New Year! 🙂
Hi David, My sister made this yesterday for our Christmas dinner & it was excellent. She gave me the recipe but, I just want to make sure I have the correct amount of butter for the Parmesan Butter part. Is 4 ounces of butter correct or should it be 4 tablespoons. I want to make sure I am using the correct amount. Thank you,
Hey Joan! My apologies in the delayed response here. I’ve been a little slow here during the holidays. I am SO honored that your sister made this tenderloin for Christmas dinner. Seriously. So honored! 🙂
So I did use 4 oz of butter for the recipe, but the thing about that Parmesan butter is that you can adjust it quite easily to your own tastes. (You could also easily cut the entire recipe in half.) We had a little bit of extra butter, and it was quite tasty on rolls. I hope you get a chance to make this recipe again, and I hope it becomes a family favorite just like it is here in our family! Happy New Year!
It just so happened I made a rib roast yesterday. Old family tradition! Love that bull story. Good trivia! Hope you had a great Christmas David!
Ah, a good rib roast is another favorite here in our house! And rib roasts always look so impressive, too. Thanks so much, Abbe, and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Happy New Year, my friend!
A lovely new Christmas tradition to have. We always cook a whole tenderloin for Thanksgiving, but I’ve never topped it with Parmesan Butter. Which is odd, because I finish steaks with a Parmesan or herb Butter all the time. I just never thought of it with a whole tenderloin, great idea.
We don’t get Certified Black Angus meat over here, but I just got the app and it’s very cool. Thanks for introducing me to it.
Yes! Next time you cook up a tenderloin, add some Parmesan butter to it. The flavor is out of this world good! And if you happen to have extra Parmesan butter left over, it goes great on rolls…just sayin’!
I understand about not having Certified Angus Beef over in Europe. That app is still super helpful to have for roasts, though. I use it quite often during roasting season. I hope you and the family (and Chloe) had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year, my friend!