Beef Tenderloin with Onion-Cherry Chutney


Apples, cherries, and a flavorful sauce make this beef tenderloin fit for any holiday dinner.

beef tenderloin with onion-cherry chutney
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
20 mins
Roast Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 2-2.5 pound beef tenderloin roast

  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow sweet pepper (1 large)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil

  • 2 medium apples, cored and chopped (about 1-1/3 cups)

  • cup dried tart cherries

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar


  1. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl stir together 1-1/2 teaspoons of the thyme, 2 of the minced garlic cloves (1 teaspoon), salt, and black pepper. Rub onto surface of the meat. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into thickest portion of roast. Roast, uncovered, in a 425 degree F oven; for medium rare, allow 35 to 40 minutes or until the thermometer registers 135 degree F. Remove the roast from the oven; cover with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. The meats temperature will rise 10 degree F during the time it stands to a final doneness temperature of 145 degree F.

  2. Meanwhile, for chutney, in a medium saucepan cook the onion, sweet pepper, and remaining garlic in hot oil until onion is tender. Add apples and cherries; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add vinegar, brown sugar, and remaining thyme; boil gently, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Slice meat and serve with chutney. Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 26mg 130%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 435mg 9%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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