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Beef Tenderloin With Braised Onions For Your Holiday Dinner 

Growing up, Christmas Eve was the holiday dinner around the table in my house. My mom would create a wonderful menu, I would set the table with my sister and Grandmom Funch would arrive from New York, with her car filled with gifts, to stay over for the big night. The dinners were warm, cozy, full of anticipation and always incredibly tasty.

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - onions

To this day I love hosting Christmas Eve dinner – the night when the magic is so real you can feel it in the air. The question of what is to come is lingering and gathering friends and family around the table to celebrate at the peak of the magical Christmas season.

I love to try new recipes for Christmas Eve dinner and it’s my chance to make a special meal full of rich flavors and combinations. This year it will be Beef Tenderloin with Braised Onions and Thyme for my holiday dinner and I can not wait!

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - table right

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - table beef

The table will be set with my red and green Johnson Brothers Christmas tree dinnerware, green glassware and rustic silver  flatware. For the flowers, my favorite seeded Eucalyptus with a twist – no vase needed. Simply clip the branches and place them on the table down the center as your centerpiece and your serving platters. Place a single pinecone at each placesetting, add a few green glass votives for additional ambience and you are done with the Christmas Eve tablescape.

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - eucalyptus

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - pinecone napkin 4

A hostess note for serving beef – specifically tender prime cuts of beef – do not over cook your meat. I prefer to sear the outside to get a nice crust and then place in the oven to be cooked through. I also prefer my tenderloin to be served rare so I can appreciate all the flavor – of course be sure to use a meat thermometer when cooking and bring it up to temperature. It is super easy to further cook individual slices if guests prefer medium or well done, simply either place it briefly back in the oven or sear it on the stove top. 

Serve your beef tenderloin on a long white platter with several slices ready, a bunch of thyme springs and butter sautéed hericovert for a touch of color. The tenderloin will most likely continue to loose it’s juices so be sure your serving platter has edges to save your tablecloth!

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - beef 2

You really can’t go wrong when it comes to sides for your tenderloin but I love the traditional flavors of onions or mushrooms, especially in the winter months. Try thyme and wine-braised onions and a side of garlic herb cheese – amazing combination perfect for the holidays, or really any time of the year!

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - cheese close

Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - onions 2


Serves 8
  1. 1 beef Tenderloin Roast {about 2 to 3 pounds}
  2. Fresh ground pepper
  3. Course kosher salt
  4. 1 package (5.2 ounces) garlic and herb soft spreadable cheese
For The Onions
  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 24 onions
  3. 1/3 cup coarsely chopped tart cherries
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 3-4 fresh Thyme sprigs
  6. 1 cup dry white wine
  1. To prepare Caramelized Onions, heat butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until melted. Add onions, cranberries and salt; cook 40 to 45 minutes or until onions are very tender and golden brown, stirring often. Stir in wine; increase heat and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes or until wine is almost evaporated, stirring occasionally. Keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 425°F. Combine thyme and pepper; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
  3. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 425°F oven 35 to 45 minutes for medium rare; 45 to 50 minutes for medium doneness.
  4. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 145°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. {Temperature will continue to rise about 10 to 15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.}
  5. Carve roast into slices; season with salt, as desired. Top slices evenly with cheese; top cheese with onions.
Adapted from Florida CattleWomen
An Appealing Plan
Holiday Dinner table with Beef Tenderloin with braised onions by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - plated 3

If you like this beef recipe you are going to LOVE all the recipes the Beef Website has to offer. They even have an entire section of beef entrees ready for you to incorporate beef into your holiday dinner! Learn more on the Florida Beef website.

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12 Responses to Beef Tenderloin With Braised Onions For Your Holiday Dinner 

  1. Nutmeg Nanny December 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM #

    That meat looks perfectly cooked! I love beef but I love it even more when its’ perfectly cooked 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch December 29, 2015 at 5:59 AM #

      I’m completely with you. When it’s perfectly cooked there is no comparison!

  2. Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) December 23, 2015 at 6:59 AM #

    Great serving tips! That’s a beautiful tenderloin … which I could just dig right in!
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  3. The Food Hunter December 22, 2015 at 4:20 PM #

    This looks amazing. I bet it tastes really good!

  4. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes December 22, 2015 at 12:17 PM #

    Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year!! I agree – it’s just so magical. Love this idea for a holiday dinner – so elegant and fancy! Looks cooked to perfection 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch December 29, 2015 at 5:58 AM #

      Ashley, yes! It’s such a magical night! I hope you had a wonder dinner with your loved ones.

  5. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass December 21, 2015 at 9:13 PM #

    What a delicious and beautiful meal, Krayl! I can almost smell it.
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  6. Devin December 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

    Gorgeous photos, what an amazing dinner
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    • Krayl Funch December 29, 2015 at 5:56 AM #

      Thank you Devin! Hope you had s great holiday!!

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