Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce an outstanding special occasion roast. This perfectly prepared, lean, tasty, melt-in-your mouth whole beef tenderloin will be the centerpiece of any holiday meal!

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce slices on plate ready to eat

Gathering family around the table and sharing a special meal is an important part of the holidays. In my family, serving a beef roast for Christmas has long been a tradition.

Being from the Midwest, we are naturally a beef loving family and, for us, a Certified Angus Beef ® brand whole beef tenderloin roast is the king of all beef roasts.  It's a lean cut of meat, making it a bit more diet-friendly than other cuts, but it has a wonderfully velvety mouthfeel and is oh so tender.

It's incredible in this recipe for Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on white serving platter with a bowl of mashed potatoes in the background

Best Way to Cook Beef Tenderloin

If you are like me, you might be a little intimidated by making a whole beef tenderloin roast. I'm more comfortable with making dishes like this Steak au Poivre with Fingerling Potatoes and this Slow Cooker Beef Italiano.

However, with a great recipe (like this one!), a few tips, good equipment, and the RoastPerfect app from Certified Angus Beef ® brand you can easily pull off a gorgeous roast and make a memorable holiday meal.

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on platter with fresh rosemary garnish and a bowl of creamy horseradish sauce to the left

How do you cook a whole beef tenderloin in the oven?

A great looking roast like this one starts with excellent quality beef.  I always choose Certified Angus Beef ® brand because I know it is the best quality beef available to me. It's true that all Angus beef is not created equal. Certified Angus Beef ® brand depends on 10 strict quality specifications developed by leading scientists, researchers and academics resulting in a superior beef experience which assures marbling, tenderness and consistency.

Trust me, these people really know their beef! They've been at it, after all, since 1978!

Being from Northeast Ohio, I have many retailer choices from which to purchase my Certified Angus Beef ® brand roasts. I purchased this particular whole beef tenderloin roast from Giant Eagle Market District.

If you aren't sure where to purchase this beef in your area, you can always ask your butcher if your market carries it. Look for the iconic Certified Angus Beef ® brand logo on the package, or use the RoastPerfect app store locator!

How do I know what size roast to buy?

So now that you've decided you are going to make a whole beef tenderloin roast, the next step is to decide exactly how much beef to purchase for your guests.  That's where the RoastPerfect app comes into play!  This app is AMAZING!  It is the most comprehensive and user friendly app available on the market.

RoastPerfect, gives you suggestions on cut and size, calculates exact cooking times, provides tested recipes, educates consumers on how to work with their butcher, and identifies the locations where users can buy Certified Angus Beef ® brand.  You can download this FREE app to your Apple or Android device.


Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures wooden cutting board with knife and phone on RoastPerfect App

The RoastPerfect app is where I started when I made this roast last week.  I knew I would be feeding 6 people so I selected my roast and put in the number of people I was planning on serving.  I then was given the recommended roast weight and suggested serving size for each person.

It was so easy to ask my butcher for the right sized roast so there wouldn't be any waste or guesswork!

Screenshot of Roast Perfect App for Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

How long does it take a beef tenderloin to marinade?

I then decided to check out the recipes on the app for whole beef tenderloin.  I found one I liked, and just tweaked the ingredients a bit to fit with my family's tastes.  Since I wanted the flavor to permeate the meat, I made a dry spice mix, rubbed it into the roast, covered it in plastic wrap, and allowed it to sit on the roast for four hours in the refrigerator before I cooked it. 

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce by Renee's Kitchen Adventures raw on wooden cutting board with small white bowl of seasonings and roast seasoned and wrapped in plastic wrap

How long does it take to cook a beef tenderloin in the oven?

When I was ready to roast the tenderloin, I let it sit out at room temperature for about an hour. (Bringing the meat closer to room temperature helps it cook more evenly.)

Once again, I consulted the RoastPerfect app for help.  I used the Roast Timer feature, where I chose the type of roast, the weight, and the degree of doneness for the roast I was going to cook. I chose medium-rare (warm pink center -135 degrees F) because that is how my family likes it.

I double checked the roast with an instant read thermometer when the roast time was up and found the app's time to be spot on!  If you like your roast cooked to a different degree of doneness, you can find a handy guide to help you out right on the app, so you can chose the way you like it!

The Roast Timer feature even counts down the rest time for you! 

Whole, cooked Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on cutting board with fresh rosemary garnish

Let the beef tenderloin roast rest for 10 - 15 minutes before carving

When I took this beautiful roast out of the oven, I COULD NOT WAIT to carve it up! But letting the roast rest is very important.  It allows the juices to redistribute.

When the timer on the RoastPerfect app sounded and I was finally able to cut into it,  I was thrilled. The roast was cooked perfectly and the taste...OH MY WORD...nothing short of amazing!  The meat was so tender with such great flavor and a "buttery" mouthfeel.

What side dishes go with Beef Tenderloin Roast?

I served the roast with mashed potatoes, a vegetable and a complimentary creamy horseradish sauce that took me only a few minutes to put together. The sauce went perfectly with the roast.

Are you ready to download your Certified Angus Beef ® brand app and get started on planning the perfect holiday roast for your family this season?

I hope I've inspired you to check it out and make room on your holiday table for this wonderful roast recipe this year!

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures sliced on wooden cutting board with garnish of rosemary

For more delicious recipe inspiration visit Certified Angus Beef ® brand's website  , then join me in following them on all their social sites! 

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Yield: 6 servings

Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

prep time: 4 hourcook time: 52 Mtotal time: 4 H & 52 M
Whole beef tenderloin roast full of flavor and fork tender. Easy preparation.This is a wonderful roast for all your special occasions!


For Beef Tenderloin Roast
  • 2.5 lb.  whole beef tenderloin roast, trimmed and tied
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
For Horseradish Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 TBSP reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • prepared horseradish, to taste
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce


How to cook Garlic Herb Beef Tenderloin Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

  1. Four hours (or more) before you are planning on cooking the roast, prepare the rub by mixing all the oregano, thyme, rosemary, dry mustard, garlic powder, 2 tsp. kosher salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Coat the roast with the spice mixture and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or more to allow spices to season the meat.
  2. Remove the roast from the refrigerator an hour before you are ready to roast and allow it to sit at room temperature.
  3. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Unwrap the roast and put it on a rack in a small roasting pan or just place on a small baking sheet with sides. Rub the olive oil over the entire roast.
  4. Place roast in oven and cook for 15 minutes (this will oven sear the roast giving it a nice browned exterior and seal in the juices), then reduce the heat in the oven to 325 degrees and roast to the degree of doneness you desire. I cooked my roast to med-rare, which is an internal temperature of 135 degrees F. I used the RoastPerfect app to determine cooking time for that particular doneness. It said to cook the for 27 minutes once the oven was reduced to 325 degrees F. That is what I did. When I checked my instant read thermometer at 27 minutes, it read 135 degrees F.
  5. Take roast out and tent with foil. Allow it to sit for 10 - 15 minutes before carving. While roast is resting, make the Creamy Horseradish Sauce by combining all the ingredients. Serve alongside the carved roast.


Roast recipe adapted from Certified Angus Beef ® brand RoastPerfect app

Creamy Horseradish Sauce adapted from Allrecipes
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  1. What a stunning roast! Perfectly cooked!

  2. Gorgeous, Renee! I'm making beef tenderloin for our Christmas dinner this year and your recipe sounds spectacular!

  3. No only is it a stunning roast and meal, I'm also dreaming about the leftovers making a sandwich that would be out of this world!

  4. I love horseradish sauce! I can see this on my table this Christmas.

  5. There's nothing better with a roast then horseradish sauce!

  6. Everything about this is wonderful and special and delicious!

  7. I love horseradish with a steak or roast. They go together so well. Your photos look amazing!

  8. That roast is rocking it!! So gorgeous and perfectly cooked. Love it!

  9. Nothing better, we try to cook them as often as the budget allows.

  10. That is a beautiful roast! I bet the house smells amazing while it is roasting!

  11. Perfectly cooked and I adore horseradish with great beef!!

  12. What a gorgeous roast and THAT SAUCE! Sounds like the perfect holiday meal!

  13. I brought my straw, for the sauce. That's not rude, is it? Wonderful roast!

  14. Holy hunk o' beef Batman! That roast looks fabulous!!

  15. Love that "buttery" mouthfeel and I think it would be wonderful with that horseradish sauce!

  16. Why is it called "Garlic Herb"? Where is the garlic in the recipe?

    1. There's garlic powder in the herb mix. You could substitute fresh garlic if you like. 2 cloves minced.

  17. I would love to use fresh herbs on this! Any suggestions for equivalent amounts?

    1. Hi Patti! You could definitely substitute fresh herbs for the dried herbs. I'd use about 2 to 3 TBSP of each.

  18. I am in Spain and I don’t speak Spanish well. I think the butcher gave me a veal roast. Can I use this recipe for it?

    1. Hi MissLynn! Thanks for your question! I've never cooked a veal roast, so I can't answer your question. This recipe is specifically written for a beef tenderloin roast.

  19. I made this roast for Easter dinner. Followed directions exactly, used RoastPerfect app and instant read thermometer. It was absolutely perfect! I will definitely make this again.

    1. Hello! Thank you so much for your review! I'm so happy you had excellent results and that you enjoyed this recipe!

  20. I made this today and it was so delicious! The horseradish cream was insane as well. Thank you I will definitely make again.

    1. Thank you for your review! I'm really glad you loved this recipe.


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