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Author Notes: With tender, juicy beef tenderloin and a creamy, flavorful sauce, this entree can be prepared ahead of time so all you need to do is throw the roast in the oven and heat up the sauce during a special dinner. Perfect for the holidays so you can spend time talking to your guests and still have an amazing meal! And it's dairy-free and Paleo-friendly to boot! —Michele Spring
For the Garlic Cream Sauce
- 1 Head Garlic
- 1 tablespoon Olive, Coconut, or Red Palm Oil
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 2 tablespoons Cooking Fat (like Ghee, Butter, or Coconut Oil)
- 1 tablespoon Arrowroot Flour
- 1 cup Chicken Stock
- 1/2 cup Coconut Cream (the solid part of a refrigerated can of coconut milk)
For the Beef Tenderloin
- 3 pounds Beef Tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons Olive or melted Coconut Oil
- 3 tablespoons Peppercorns, whole
- 1.5 tablespoons Sea Salt
- Remove the tenderloin from the refrigerator to bring to room temp.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Make the roasted garlic by placing a small square of parchment paper on to of a small piece of aluminum foil. Slice the top 1/4 off of a head of garlic and then place it on the parchment/foil. Drizzle the oil over the garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the foil around the garlic to make a little packet, place in the oven, and roast for 1 hour.
- Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels and then rub with oil.
- Crush the peppercorns in a grinder (like a coffee grinder that only used for spices), or with a mortar and pestle.
- Mix the peppercorns in a small bowl with the salt and then press onto the surface of the tenderloin.
- Roast the tenderloin at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 137 degrees F. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
- When the roasted garlic is done, remove it from the oven and let cool a few minutes to allow you to touch it without scalding your fingers. Squeeze the cloves out of the skin and reserve.
- In a skillet, melt the fat over medium heat. Stir in the stock and coconut cream and whisk until coconut cream becomes liquid. Then mix in the roasted garlic cloves and arrowroot flour and whisk until incorporated.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with the tenderloin.