I felt a bit decadent when I decided to make this recipe for Porcini Crusted Tenderloin Filet with Fresh Herb Butter, after all, I would be dining by myself. Lenny is away on business, and I decided to take advantage of some down time to finish a shoot for Lava Lake Ranch. They sent me some of their grass-fed beef which is raised by Brandon Natural Beef to shoot, and guess what? I have gone gaga over it. Swoon.
Let me just say, that sometimes the bounty from my free-lance work is delicious. Brandon’s beef is 100% grass fed and you can really taste the freshness with each melt-in-your mouth bite. It is tender, buttery and rich in flavor. I wanted to put a Valentine’s twist on this recipe, as I thought a simply porcini crusted filet would be the ultra aphrodisiac for that romantic day coming up. Rustic but sultry, and earthy porcinis mingle nicely with an herb butter which I decided to shape into cute buttery hearts. After the tenderloin is seared perfectly on the both sides, it is slowly cooked to medium rare; do not over cook this incredible cut of meat. Then it is slathered with the herbed butter which has been seasoned with garlic and tarragon. Tarragon pairs perfectly with the earthy porcini crusted beef to create a heavenly entree for Valentine’s Day or just because you feel like indulging dinner.