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Beef Tenderloin with a Wild Mushroom Rub

Beef tenderloin next to potatoes
Screenshot from "Un-Wine'd" season three episode eight.

This Beef Tenderloin incorporates dried wild mushrooms that add a rich crust. The recipe pairs well with Rosemont of Virginia Winery’s Kilravock (2017) and appears in this full episode of “ Un-Wine’d," which airs Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on VPM PBS.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 3 lb center-cut beef tenderloin, fully trimmed
  • 2 c. dried wild mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pan
  • Frying pan

  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ c. cream sherry
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 1 lb wild mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 ¼ c. heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paper towels
  • Food processor


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 450 F. and set up a pan with a roasting rack or vegetables to support the meat above drippings.

Step 2: Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels.

Step 3: In a food processor, place the dry mushrooms, 3 tbsp. salt, 1 tbsp. black pepper, cayenne, parsley, garlic powder, and onion powder. Process until the mixture becomes a powder.

Step 4: Then rub the powder on the roast. Put the rub on the roasting rack and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Step 5: Reduce the heat to 350 F. and roast for 45 minutes or until a thermometer positioned in the center of the roast registers 135 F. Then remove the roast from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.

Step 6: While the roast rests, heat a frying pan over medium heat and pour in the sherry and shallots. Cook for two minutes or until the shallots begin to soften.

Step 7: Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and cook through.

Step 8: Add the heavy cream and simmer until the mushrooms softened. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 9: Slice the roast and serve with mushroom sauce.