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Beef With Three-Chile Butter


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  • 2 dried guajillo chiles stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 dried ancho chiles stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter - (1 stick)
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 2 whole chipotle chiles (from can) drained, stemmed, seeded, and sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast - (abt 3 lbs)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


Servings 6


Step 1

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add guajillo and ancho chile slices. Toast until fragrant and beginning to darken, stirring often, about 30 seconds. Add butter, shallots, and chipotle chiles. Stir just until chiles are coated with butter and shallots begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup water and simmer until dried chiles are soft and all water has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Mix in chives; season with salt. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm before using.)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat beef with 3 tablespoons oil, salt, and pepper, then parsley. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add beef and sear until brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer skillet with beef to oven. Roast until meat thermometer inserted into center of roast registers 125 degrees for medium-rare, about 30 minutes. Let beef stand 10 minutes.

Cut beef into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Spoon chile butter over and serve.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

At Gaia, french fries sprinkled with cayenne pepper accompany the beef.

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