Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Dijon Cream

Add robust flavor to beef tenderloin by sprinkling it with a coffee and ground black pepper rub. Thin slices of beef pair well with a creamy mustard sauce.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24

2
teaspoons instant coffee granules
1/2
teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
lb beef tenderloin (center cut)
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1
tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2
teaspoon salt
4
large leaf lettuce leaves, torn into 24 small pieces
2
whole-grain French dinner rolls, cut into 24 (1/4-inch) slices
24
small thyme sprigs

  • 1 Heat oven to 450°F. In small bowl, mix coffee granules, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle evenly over all sides of beef.
  • 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 3 minutes. Turn beef; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until very dark brown. Place beef in 9-inch square pan (or deep-dish pie pan). Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in center of beef.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until thermometer reads 140°F. Remove from oven. Let stand 5 minutes. Wrap in foil; refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix mustard, mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover; refrigerate Dijon cream until serving time.
  • 5 To serve, cut beef into 12 thin slices; cut each slice in half. Place 1 lettuce piece on each bread slice; top each with beef slice and heaping teaspoon Dijon cream. Garnish with parsley sprigs.

Expert Tips

Try topping these hearty appetizers with watercress instead of the thyme.

Chilling the beef before slicing it makes it easier to cut. If you're short on time, place the beef in the freezer for 1 hour instead of refrigerating it for 4 hours.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
2g
2%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.