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Jan 17, 2007 05:44 PM

Barefoot Contessa - Filet Mignon Roast with Horseradish

My mom made this roast for the holidays to huge acclaim. I believe it is rubbed with mustard butter, then cooked quickly at a very high heat in the oven, and served with horseradish sauce on the side. I can't find it online, and surmise it must be in one of Ina's cookbooks. Can anyone share/paraphrase the recipe? Thanks!

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      It looks really similar, but it was definately a filet mignon roast, not a rib roast, so the temperatures and cooking times are off.

    2. There is a recipe for basic roasted filet of beef served in her "Parties!" book, as follows:

      1 whole filet of beef (4 to 5 lbs) trimmed and tied
      2 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
      1 tbsp kosher salt
      1 tbsp coarsely ground pepper

      Preheat oven to 500°. Pat the filet dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet. Spread the butter with your hands all over the filet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 22 minutes for rare or 25 for medium-rare.

      Remove beef from the oven and cover tightly with foil. Let meat rest for 20 minutes. Remove string and slice thickly.

      The sauce recipe she includes is for gorgonzola sauce, but she says that you can use mustard and horseradish (no substitution quantities specified) to flavor the sauce instead. Written as follows:

      4 cups heavy cream
      3 to 4 ounces crumbly gorgonzola
      3 tbsp grated parmesan
      3/4 tsp kosher salt
      3/4 tsp pepper
      3 tbsp minced parsley

      Bring the heavy cream to a full boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then continue to boil rapidly for 45 to 50 minutes, until it's thickened, like a white sauce, stirring occasionally.

      Remove pan from heat and add the gorgonzola, parmesan, salt, pepper and parsley. Whisk rapidly until cheeses melt, then serve.

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      1. re: akk

        I think this must be the one. Thank you!

      2. According to her website, she only has three filet of beef recipes in any of her cookbooks- Filet of Beef Bourguignon (Is that right?!?- I can never get that spelled right!), Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce which akk kindly posted for you, and Filet of Beef au Poivre. And then, of course, there's the rib roast I linked to above. Maybe your mom combined the Rib Roast recipe and the filet of beef with gorgonzola sauce recipe to get filet with horseradish sauce! Whew! :-)

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        1. Sounds a lot like this, only maybe your mom didn't make it into sandwiches. Great recipe.