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Grazing Cattle I have to cook a beef tenderloin for 6 people tonight. I have bought 2 pounds skinned of fat and skin and the recipe calls for 1/2 pound of beef tenderloin for 4 people. How long do I cook the meat for? Why does the recipe have me tie the meat with string? What type of string do I buy and where?

Jennifer from Las Vegas

I would serve 5 ounces of beef per person, so 2 pounds for 6 people is the perfect amount. Season the meat with salt and pepper. A whole beef tenderloin has a thick end and then tapers to a tail. Fold the tail under the meat and tie with string so that the piece of meat is uniform in size and then the meat will cook evenly. Sear on a hot grill or heat olive oil in a skillet on high heat and brown the tenderloin on all sides. Finish cooking the meat in a 425 degree oven until the internal temperature is 130 degrees. Remove the meat from the pan to a cutting board. Let the meat rest for 20 minutes. Do not cover the meat, as the meat will overcook as it rests. Slice and serve.

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