At upwards of $25 a pound, the 2 1/2- to 3-lb. center-cut beef tenderloin for our Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce (pictured) or Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs is one pricey roast. But you can get a price break per pound if you start with a whole tenderloin and trim it yourself down to the fancy cut. It's easy, and while you'll spend about $10 more to start with for the bigger piece of meat, you'll wind up with meat for two more meals. Here's how.
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Center-cut tenderloin for 6 to 8
Trim the wide end
Start with a 4 1/2-lb. whole, untrimmed beef tenderloin. Working at the wider end, cut through the main muscle where it tapers down to about 2 1/2 in. wide. Save this scrap for the rice bowl meal.
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Remove the chateaubriand
Still at the wider end, cut off this large side muscle. Save it for the steaks meal.
First trim off any silverskin or sinew, then slice the meat across the grain into 4 pieces, each about 1 1/2 in. wide. You'll have 3 steaks that are about 5 oz. and 1 that's about 4 oz. (Note that these weights can vary, depending on the tenderloin you start with.)
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Tuck in tails
This makes uniform steaks.
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Tie each steak with string
Pull butcher's twine snug enough so it begins to pucker; knot, then trim ends of string. Generously season steaks with kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Grill over hot coals or sear in a cast-iron skillet.
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Thin slices for a rice bowl for 2
Slice the end scraps
First trim off any silverskin or sinew, then thinly slice the meat across the grain.