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Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce

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Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola sauce is worthy of any celebration. Beef is a given for our Christmas dinner, and this beef roast recipe is a winner for any holiday dinner or special celebration.

Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce on a white platter

Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce

The guys in this family are definitely carnivores. No matter what size slab of beef is placed on their plates, it will be devoured. And having beef on Christmas and birthdays is a must. But the recipe doesn’t need to be complicated to be delicious.

In this roast beef recipe, the beef tenderloin is simply seasoned, wrapped in bacon and roasted at high heat. In the summer, definitely use your grill for smoky nuances that only come from charcoal and high heat. For an even more amazing entree, I will take a few extra minutes to cook a red wine sauce or a rich Gorgonzola sauce for the wow factor. It is the holiday season after all.

My family definitely swoons when I serve this extraordinary beef entree. Even the picky hubby foregoes his standard dousing of ketchup and smothers his beef with this creamy, ambrosial Gorgonzola sauce.

Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce wrapped in bacon on a white platter

The Versatility of Beef

We splurge on a prime rib roast or beef tenderloin each Christmas, but so many amazing cuts of beef can be utilized for a holiday entree. Transform chunks of chuck roast and some wine into a Boeuf Bourguignon. Pound a flank steak, top with a spinach stuffing and roll to create delectable pinwheels when cooked and sliced. Or make this exquisite Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce.

Things to Help You Make an Extraordinary Beef Tenderloin:

Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce - An exquisite beef roast recipe for holidays and celebrations!

Tips for Making a Perfect Beef Tenderloin

Since beef tenderloin is a lean cut, you do not want to overcook it. I also love to wrap it in bacon to help keep the tenderloin from drying out and to impart some smoky flavor as well.

  • If you have the opportunity, liberally season the beef with kosher salt the night before. Put it on a rack and without covering, let the beef experience a “dry brine” overnight.
  • The dry brining, through the process of osmosis, draws some of the salt into the meat, adding flavor and moisture beyond the exterior crust.
  • Did you know that salt, like wine, is a flavor enhancer? You don’t want too much, but without any salt, your meat and other dishes will be bland.
  • Then, when you’re ready to roast or grill, make sure you give your beef 30-60 minutes on the kitchen counter to get the chill off. This will allow the beef to cook more evenly.
  • Definitely use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature. You’ll want to cook the beef to about 5-10 degrees under your goal temperature as when you allow the beef to rest after cooking, the internal temperature will rise.
  • When you pull the beef off the grill or out of the oven, place it on a cutting board and cover with foil for at least 10 minutes.

According to the experts at Certified Angus Beef, these are the temperatures for each degree of doneness:

  • Rare – Cool red center – 125º
  • Medium Rare – Warm red center – 135º
  • Medium – Warm pink center – 145º
  • Medium Well – Slightly pink center – 150º
  • Well Done – Little or no pink – 160º
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A Few More Holiday Entrees

Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce

Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce

This beef tenderloin recipe is worthy of any celebration

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 8


  • 3 pounds beef tenderloin, center cut
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound bacon

Gorgonzola Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1/4 dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces dolce Gorgonzola
  • 1-2 tablespoons green peppercorns in brine (may add brine to sauce)


  1. The night before serving, season beef tenderloin well with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Line up strips of bacon the length of the beef. Place beef over bacon and wrap bacon over tenderloin. Use toothpicks to hold bacon in place where the ends meet. Place beef, toothpick side down, on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest overnight in refrigerator.
  2. An hour before roasting, bring remove beef from the refrigerator to take the chill off.
  3. Preheat oven to 450º. Place beef in roasting pan and roast for approximately 20-30 minutes for rare. Use meat thermometer to verify temperature for your desired doneness. Let rest, covered with foil for 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Towards the end of roasting time, make sauce.
  5. Place butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook till softened. Increase heat and add white wine to deglaze pan. Reduce wine by half. Add cream and bring to simmer, allowing to reduce and thicken slightly. Break apart Gorgonzola and add to sauce. Cook till melted, Add peppercorns (and brine if desired). Serve hot over beef.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 990Total Fat: 78gSaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 249mgSodium: 1234mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 64g


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38 comments on “Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce”

  1. Oh Liz! What a beautiful tenderloin!!! This would be a blessing on any holiday table!

  2. Liz, this is beautiful! I love the sauce and will definitely have to give it a try. Beef Tenderloin or Prime Rib is a must for us on Christmas too! We look forward to that splurge every holiday season!

  3. That would be a welcomed treat here too! Although my oldest would probably still use ketchup:@)

  4. Oh how I miss rare meat. This looks perfect.

  5. Wow Liz! What a recipe. I love that sauce. Blue cheese and beef so so well together.

  6. Your beef tenderloin looks perfect Liz, as it should be. I wish you and your family a merry christmas!

  7. Bacon wrapped tenderloin! Great minds think a like! Happy Holidays!

  8. Simply stunning! This would be the star of any holiday table!

  9. I always want to wrap a gorgeous cute of beef with bacon, and never have. Your recipe is so indulgent, and elegant that really, I need to!

  10. What a meal! Winner winner beef dinner!

  11. Liz, oh my gawd, this Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola sauce is stunning!!! so beautiful!! my family is also filled with enthusiastic meat eaters, esp beef! Even my girls. . the bacon wrapped around this. . oh my gawd. . and it’s cooked to perfection. . love!! happy holidays!

  12. Just a gorgeous recipe and I adore the Gorgonzola sauce over meat like this. Meat is my achilles heal in the kitchen but I would still give this my best shot. Looks amazing.

  13. Now ya did it! I drooled on my keyboard!!

  14. I could get spoiled eating this dish!

  15. What an impressive presentation! I love gorgonzola, especially with beef. This looks amazing!

  16. This is perfection. Looks absolutely delicious!

  17. This is so well done. Christmas can’t here quick enough, I’m starving! GREG

  18. Looks great Liz! I love beef tenderloin! I did a whole beef tenderloin on the grill Thursday, 125 degrees for medium rare!! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  19. Lizzy,
    I’m a big fan of beef too. We rarely have beef tenderloin and it’s a treat whenever we do.

  20. O’ My,
    his is perfection!! xx

  21. Okay….I’m there. I flat love a good cut of beef with any kind of blue cheese. Your beef tenderloin is so pretty Liz. Nice and pink. Though I do like mine a bit more rare, most people don’t. I don’t often do beef tenderloin because it is way expensive. I do standing rib roasts….that’s enough of a budget buster for us. LOL

  22. What a great tenderloin! So tender, juicy and full of flavours, Liz.

  23. What a gorgeous dinner idea, Liz! And I drool over that gorgonzola sauce. Love this recipe so much.

  24. This looks incredible Liz! And I love the sound of that sauce! Ambrosia for sure! 🙂

  25. Hello Liz, I hope this note finds you well. My boys will think they died and went to heaven with beef wrapped with bacon. Wishing you and your family a super holiday.

  26. You have done it again Liz! This is just absolutely an amazing recipe.

  27. Beef . . . good old corn-fed Iowa beef is the only thing on our Christmas table too, Liz! Love the ‘gorgo’ sauce on this. My Bill would pass on the sauce, so I’d just ‘drink’ his portion of it! More for me!

    Have a happy!

  28. You’ve cooked your beef beautifully, Liz, I do love it when it’s blushing. This is a house of carnivores too and we often have beef for our special occasion dinners as well – but not on Christmas Day – that’s the day Australians eat turkey! That gorgonzola sauce sounds amazing xx

  29. Beef tenderloin is on our Christmas menu every year. I love the gorgonzola sauce!

  30. This tenderloin for a special occasion couldn’t be more grand. Even if the occasion isn’t so special, enjoying it would make the meal memorable. Lovely work, Liz!

  31. Taking notes, Liz. As I’ve been advised to forego my vegetarian ways, I’m seriously looking into beef protein…And if served with your gorgeous Gorgonzola sauce, I too may soon be a confirmed carnivore!

  32. This is stunning! So perfect for a fancy family meal and for Christmas! I’m hosting Christmas this year and am still thinking about what I’m going to make… this just might be it!

  33. Made this for date night and it was fantastic!

  34. The flavor combination here sounds utterly amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  35. Now, THIS is what a holiday meal is all about! My husband will love the tenderloin, and I’ll drink the gorgonzola sauce. LOL

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