Sunday, January 11, 2015

a warm winter salad

The holidays are over, but who says you still can't enjoy a delicious beef tenderloin for dinner? This dish, adapted from Country Living, is served with a warm salad that has a crisp pop of pomegranate.
beef tenderloin over cauliflower, kale & pom salad for two
1-1.5 pound filet of beef, trimmed & tied
1 bunch of kale, torn
1 pomegranate (seed from half the fruit)
1 head of cauliflower
2 shallots, quartered
5 tablespoons EVOO
Kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
1/4 cup chicken stock (optional)
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Tie the beef in about three spots. Using about a tablespoon of EVOO, rub the beef down (woo!), salt and pepper well and assemble in the center of a flat pan (like a  lasagna dish). Toss chopped cauliflower heads, shallot quarters, about 3 tablespoons of EVOO with S&P. Assemble the vegetables around the roast. Test the beef after about 13-15 minutes - if it is at 120 degrees, remove to a plate and cover with foil. Allow vegetables to finish roasting (might take a bit longer depending on how big your florets are).
In a small saucepan, add about 3 tablespoons of EVOO, lemon juice, mustard and chicken stock - bring to a slight simmer. Remove the vegetables and add the torn kale to the the pot - stir to allow the kale to wilt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss well. Plate the warm cauliflower salad, pomegranate seeds and top with thinly sliced beef.

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