Martian Food
Sep 18, 2015

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Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Active time:15 minutes

Start To Finish:1 hour, Plus marinating for several hours or overnight


Yield: 4 servings

Source: George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones: A Feast of Fire and Ice, The Official Cooking Companion, by Monroe-Cassel & Lehrer

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4 beef tenderloin steaks, about 6 ounces each
2 Tbs. red wine, such as a Rioja or Syrah
1 cup apple cider or white grape juice
2 tsp. Poudre Forte
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
20 whole cloves


Mix together the wine, cider, 1 tsp. of the poudre forte, and the vinegar.  Put the tenderloins in a Ziploc bag or baking dish and pour the marinade over it.  Place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

Remove the meat from the marinade and let sit at room temperature for an hour. Pour the marinade into a sauce pan.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Insert 5 whole cloves randomly into each steak and sprinkle all four with the remaining poudre forte, rubbing the spices into the meat. Line a baking pan with foil, place the steaks in it, and put in the preheated oven. Start checking the temperature of the steaks after about 15 minutes—remove from the oven when the temperature reaches 140°F for medium rare; 155°F for medium (the temperature will increase about 5° while the meat rests.)  Remove the steaks from the pan, cover and let rest while you prepare the marinade.

Pour any juices from the baking pan into the marinade, bring to a boil, and simmer for about 15 minutes to reduce the sauce slightly.  Pour the sauce over the steaks and serve.


The authors have tried to stick as closely as possible to the ingredients that would have been used in medieval times.  The actual recipe in the book is Roasted Boar, but boar is a little hard to come by in 2015.  As was also true of plutonium in 1955.

The spice combination is interesting with the tenderloin. This main dish, perfect for a Game of Thrones viewing party of any size, would be perfect with the Summer Greens Salad. Tyrion would approve. 

Check out our  A Game of Thrones Feast for the entire GOT inspired medieval meal!

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