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Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish are an elegant, mouthwatering holiday meal or dinner packed with protein.  The tenderloin is roasted to create a juicy slider topped with a sweet cranberry orange glaze and garnished with fresh sprigs of rosemary. 

 Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish

Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish

Have you thought about what you are serving at your holiday dinner? We only have a few weeks left to figure it out, guys! Time is seriously flying by. I feel like I just stopped feeling full from my Thanksgiving meal and we are on to the next holiday.

My family is pretty large and we celebrate the holidays with both my Mom and Dad’s side of the family as well as my immediate family.  It ends up being two to three large, festive dinners to serve a large group of people. When coming up with our holiday meals we usually try to serve something different at each dinner.

Beef makes its way into one of the dinners and is often the centerpiece of many people’s holiday feasts.  If you are looking for a fun twist on beef for your holiday dinner you should try out today’s Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish.  These delicious, mouthwatering little sandwiches would be perfect at a holiday table because people can take one or two and then load up on all those delicious side dishes, salads, breads and desserts. You can even serve the beef tenderloin on a platter with the buns on the side and people can decide whether they want to eat the meat with just the cranberry orange relish or if they want to create sliders out of it.

Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry Orange Relish - yum!

Since it is the holidays the best gift you can give your body is a healthy diet! 😉 A 3-oz serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein and 10 essential nutrients, wrapped up in one tasty package. Aside from being a great source of protein, beef provides essential nutrients in a smaller package that some other proteins. For example, you would have to eat 8 ounces of chicken breast to get the same amount of iron as 3 ounces of beef.

Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry Orange Relish - delicious!

If you are trying to get a little more fancy you can try premium roasts, such as Ribeye, Rib and Tenderloin, which are very popular at the holidays. If you are looking for more economical roast choices try Round Tip, Top Sirloin and Eye Round.  I went with the tenderloin because it is known for being juicy and I thought it would be perfect on a slider with a nice, sweet cranberry orange relish.  Not only do these Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish taste amazing, they are beautiful and festive with the bright red cranberries and fresh, green rosemary sprigs.

 

And this holiday season while you are preparing and eating beef take a second to think about those beef farmers! The Ohio beef farmers take care of their animals all year long, even on holidays and when the weather outside is frightful. Watch this short video to see how the Rittenhouses, beef farmers from New Carlsile, work to get their cows to a nearby pasture, where they can watch over them closely, as a winter storm approaches.  That means while we are sitting down to enjoy our Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish a wonderful, hard working farmer is out there taking care of their cows!

There are 17,000 beef farming families in Ohio, and 98 percent are family farms. Watch this video series from the Ohio Beef Council to see how Ohio beef farmers change their animal care routines as the weather gets colder.

Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry Orange Relish - the best sliders!Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry Orange Relish - dinner!

Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry Orange Relish

Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Orange Relish are an elegant, mouthwatering holiday meal or dinner packed with protein. The tenderloin is roasted to create a juicy slider topped with a sweet cranberry glaze and garnished with fresh sprigs of rosemary.

Ingredients

Cranberry Orange Relish:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1 - 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries {you can use frozen too}
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Beef Tenderloin:

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat and silverskin
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 rosemary sprigs

Garnish:

  • Extra fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions

  1. For the Cranberry Orange Relish:
  2. *The night before you are going to make the beef tenderloin prepare the Cranberry Orange Relish.
  3. Heat a large pot of water over medium high heat. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil, add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is it is dissolved. Add the cranberries, apple cider vinegar, orange zest, orange juice and honey and simmer until all of the cranberries have popped. Set a mesh strainer over a large bowl and push the cranberries through the strainer using a wooden spoon or the back of a spatula. This allows the juices to separate from the cranberries. Put the juices in one container and the cranberries in another and refrigerate overnight.
  4. For the Beef Tenderloin Sliders
  5. Using a thin carving knife remove all the silver skin off of the tenderloin {you can also ask your butcher to do this for you}.
  6. Set the beef tenderloin on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil 15 minutes prior to cooking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. In a small mixing bowl combine the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and oregano and mix to combine. Using your hands rub the salt mixture over the entire beef tenderloin in a thin layer.
  8. In a skillet or cast iron skillet heat the 1 Tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the tenderloin and 2 Tablespoons butter to a skillet and brown all sides of the tenderloin {it takes about 1-2 minutes per side}. Once browned lay two sprigs of rosemary on the tenderloin and put the cast iron skillet or oven safe dish into the oven and cook until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees {this took about 17 minutes in my oven}.
  9. Remove the tenderloin from the oven once done cooking and let it sit for 10 minutes to let the juices redistribute.
  10. Using a carving knife and a carving fork slice the tenderloin across the grain {into 1/2-inch-thick pieces} using a sawing motion.
  11. Plate the beef tenderloin on a platter with slider buns and allow your guests to assemble or assemble them yourself by placing a slice of the beef tenderloin on top of the bottom of the bun along with a small spoonful of the cranberry orange relish and a small drizzle of the juices from the cranberries. Garnish with freshly chopped rosemary.

Notes

For the Cranberry Orange Relish I use a mesh strainer to separate the juices and the cranberries because I find that if you don't then the sauce is too thin and the juices make the bun soggy. I like to separate the two so people can choose to use just the Cranberry Orange Relish or add a drizzle of the juices as well.

This beef tenderloin doesn't have to be made just for sliders and can be served on a platter with the Cranberry Orange Relish on the side.

If you don't like the flavor of rosemary you can leave it off but it adds a ton of flavor.

You can skip the butter but I like adding it to the skillet when I brown the meat to add extra flavor!

The recommended temperature for beef tenderloin is 140 degrees {rare to medium rare} to ensure the meat stays juicy. It will be red as you see in the pictures. If any of your guests do not like their meat that rare you can cook some separate a bit longer to reach a higher temperature.

For more beef holiday recipes check out my fellow bloggers:

Garlic Herb Crusted Roast Beef, Tastes of Lizzy T’s

Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms and Fresh Herb Butter, Lemons for Lulu

Pepper Crusted Prime Rib Roast, Jelly Toast

Garlic Rosemary Prime Rib Roast with Horseradish, NeighborFood           

Beef Wellington Burger, Melanie Makes      

 

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For helpful tips and tricks on how to cook beef tenderloin check out this article from the kitchn.

Today’s post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council.  As always my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands and products that make A Cedar Spoon possible. 

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Sarah Hoang

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

The beef looks delicious. My father love sliders. I will try it soon on my father's birthday as a gift for him. Thanks for your recipe.

Julia

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

That is a great idea, for your dad's birthday! I hope you enjoy it.

Jennifer

Friday 11th of December 2015

These look awesome! Sliders are perfect for our family of two. My daughter is in love with anything mini. Really looking forward to trying this one soon!

Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

Thursday 10th of December 2015

My husband loves sliders! Thanks for the recipe!

Julia

Thursday 10th of December 2015

Thanks!

Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

You know, you see cranberry on turkey a lot, but not nearly enough on beef! Nice combo!

Julia

Thursday 10th of December 2015

That is so true. Thanks!

Susan | LunaCafe

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

Beef tenderloin is one of my favorite cuts of meat. These sliders look fantastic. Love the idea of pairing beef with cranberry relish. :-)

Julia

Thursday 10th of December 2015

It is one of my favorites too. So tender!

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