And here continues the saga of our Sabetha Cowgirl Dinner Party preparations.
The main dish is P-Dub's Roasted Beef Tenderloin. Ree's recipe calls for a full-sized tenderloin. However, Mr. Fabuful's father, was himself Fabuful, by picking up pre-cut beef tenderloin filets.
We started by preparing the marinade/rub. The recipe calls for two tablespoons kosher salt, followed by three teaspoons black pepper.
The secret ingredient of the rub is one tablespoon of sugar. We then poured in one-third cup plus one tablespoon of olive oil.
Next came the bacon grease. Everything's better with bacon grease. As is snacking on the crispy bacon that created the bacon grease. The mixture was set aside while we prepared the filets.
We melted a bit of butter and added olive oil to the skillet.
We seared both sides of each steak.
Next, we placed a cooling rack on a jelly pan and transferred the seared meat to the rack. We then basted each filet with the previously made rub. We thought we heard singing.
These were placed in the oven at 450-degrees for 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, we used a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Ree recommends the meat reach 120-125-degrees.
In the midst of checking the temperature, we failed to realize the amount of smoke the sizzling olive oil on the meat was creating. So, when Lou opened the oven, out came billows of olive oil smoke. Jo stood staring. This was followed by the incessant squawk of the smoke alarm. Thankfully, Jo's lovely sister-in-law, Janice, came to the rescue. She got an arm work-out by fanning the air near the alarm. Did we mention some of our guests had begun to arrive at this point? We always make sure to pull out all the bells and whistles for our guests. We're lady-like and polite like that. Thanks to our Midwestern upbringing.
We plated the medium-rare filets. What a delicious, yet simple-to-prepare, main course for the Cowgirl Dinner Party.