If you thought the only way your dad could get his daily dose of coffee was through drinking it, you would be wrong! Welcome to the wide world of Coffee infused recipes. On today's menu we will be trying something that might sound a little strange, but is in fact an absolutely fantastic combination, that will impress your dad! For the Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin, you are going to need the following:Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup finely ground espresso beans
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 2x 200g Beef Tenderloin
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- Sift the ground espresso beans, the brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper together in a bowl.
- Once done, coat all sides of the steaks generously with the espresso mixture. The steaks should have a good thick layer of crust when you're done.
- When this is done, place the tenderloins in the refrigerator to rest and allow the combination of flavours to blend. You can rest the tenderloins for a minimum of 30 minutes so it could be a good idea to do this the evening or morning before you plan on serving the Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin.
- When your tenderloins are done accumulating flavour, preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. In the meantime, heat a large pan over medium-high heat with the canola oil. When the oil is hot enough, place the steaks in the hot oil and allow it to cook until both sides of either steak are browned. This should take about 2 to 5 minutes maximum.
- As soon as the steaks are browned, place them in your preheated oven and cook until your chosen temperature for the meat has been achieved. Medium-rare takes roughly 4-5 minutes (point of reference if you are unsure).
- Once you are satisfied that your tenderloin is cooked to your preference, cover the tray holding the tenderloins with aluminum foil and allow them to rest again for at least five minutes.
Enjoy this flavourful dish with a spicy red wine and some winter vegetables. Even a creamy potato bake of sorts could round out the flavours nicely.