- 1.5 lb beef tenderloin roast
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 1 loaf baguette, sourdough, asiago loaf, or bread of choice, sliced
- 6 shallots, sliced not minced
- ½ cup butter + 4 tbsp for cooking shallots
- 1 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann’s)
- ¼ cup fig jam
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- Heat 3 tbsp of butter (or use oil) on medium heat then add the shallots, stir until coated, add a pinch of salt (speeds up caramelizing process) and brown them until caramelized. Caramelizing onions brings out their amazing natural flavor. Make sure the pan doesn’t get too hot or the butter will burn. Continue this process of cooking and deglazing until the onions have reached the color, flavor, and texture you desire.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rub roast with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on all sides.
- Melt ½ cup butter on medium/high heat in a skillet. Add roast once the pan is hot (it should sizzle upon adding or the pan is not hot enough and you will get tougher meat from the steaming).
- Flip the roast to brown each side, including the ends. You want a nice brown “crust” on each side. Use tongs for this.
- Add more butter as you go, if needed, as to not let the pan get dry.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and tent it with foil to keep warm. Let is rest on counter for 10 minutes.
- Slice thin.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.
- Saute 2 tbsp butter in skillet. Add bread slices, in one layer. Pan fry on both sides until a nice golden brown color.
- Spread thyme mayo on on bread slice. Place slices of beef (1 or 2 depending on size of bread slices) on top. Top with a spoonful of the caramelized shallots and a piece of fresh thyme (optional).