Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 beef tenderloin roast (about 4 pounds), at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon (about) Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large clove garlic, cut into thin slivers
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 sprigs fresh oregano
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- 6 to 7 strips bacon, cut in half
Rub the beef tenderloin with Worcestershire sauce. With a sharp knife, poke holes in the top of the roast and insert the garlic slivers. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Turn roast over so garlic side is down and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place whole sprigs of oregano on top of the roast, then arrange basil leaves to cover.
Space out 5 to 6 pieces of butcher's string and lay the tenderloin roast on top. Arrange bacon half-strips over the top of the herbs, slightly overlapping. Tie strings to hold everything in place. (At this point, the roast may be wrapped tightly and refrigerated overnight. Bring beef completely to room temperature before roasting.)
Put the tied roast in the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 350 F. and roast an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until center of roast registers 125 F. on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes. Clip and remove strings. Slice and serve.
Bacon Herb Tenderloin Roast may be served hot or at room temperature.
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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