Saturday, October 9, 2010

Beef Tenderloin Pizza

I am a sick man. I have deep rooted issues when it comes to one particular food item. My attachment to this food is not healthy. I have a problem. The good part is that I can admit that I have a problem. Isn’t that the first step of the recovery program? Honestly though, I don’t want to be fixed, I revel in my addiction.


My good friend, Natasha a/k/a The 5 Star Foodie can tell you all about my sick addiction. We have spoken many times on this topic. She’s tried to counsel me, but recently has given up and characterized me as a lost cause. On a side note, Natasha is alive and well in Pretentious Buzz's "Contest", click on the link to see the sexiest blintz on the web.

What you may be asking, are you so hooked on?

Pizza.

I love this crap. If I could main-line it I would. One day, The Lawyer is going to find me in downtown Miami under I-95 strewn on 10 empty cardboard boxes of pizza, quivering in a pizza haze.  I'll be clutching two slices, whilst hiding a third under my chin.

Needless to say I make lots of pizzas. This particular version was inspired by something I saw Masaharu Morimoto, one of the most innovative chefs around, create. In my version I tried to incorporate many of my Cuban flavors.

The base of this pizza is a toasted, crispy flour tortilla. From there it is time to build the layers of flavor.


Black Bean Puree

Sliced Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Thinly Sliced Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion & Jalapenos

Drizzle of Black Bean Mayo

Finish with a Cool Avocado Puree

Enjoy…

Beef Tenderloin Pizza


For the Black Bean Mayo:
2 Organic egg yolks
1 tbs Champagne vinegar
1 tbs Meyer lemon juice
2 tsp black bean paste
¼ tsp soy sauce
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup canola oil
Sea salt
Black pepper

In a food processor, combine the eggs yolk, vinegar, lemon juice, black bean paste, and soy sauce. Process well.

With the machine running, slowly drizzle the olive oil and canola oil. Process until the mayo is thick and emulsified. Season with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

For the Beef Tenderloin:
3 lb beef fillet – trimmed & tied for roasting
1 tbs unsalted butter - room temp
1 tbs blended oil
Sea salt
Black pepper
Onion powder

Remove the beef from the refrigerator 40 minutes before cooking. Combine the softened butter and blended oil. Brush on the fillet. Season with salt, pepper, and onion powder.

Preheat the oven to 550 F. Set a rack inside a roasting pan. Place the beef on the rack. Roast for 15 minutes. Turn the beef and cook for another 12 minutes. Cook to 130 F for medium-rare.

Allow the meat to rest on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove butcher’s twine. Carve the meat into thin slices.

That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

48 comments:

  1. LOL. despite trying to avoid cheese, i love pizza too. i cant help it. and no I wont eat that fake cheese. Just once in a while I bite my lip and craw into that gooey box of italian aroma. obviously, i like it with tons of roasted veggies on top!

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  2. Well, if pizza-loving is an illness, then count me in.
    Your tenderloin pizza looks sensational...what a gourmet pizza!

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  3. Genius of a pizza Lazaro but don't eat it all, save a slice for the rest of us;)

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  4. I, too, have a pizza addiction. And I'm by no means looking for a Pizza Freak Anonymous group to join. As far as I'm concerned PFA can continue to exist with all three of it's members! Substituting beef tenderloin for pepperoni (although I love pepperoni) sure kicks pizza up a notch. I'm sure I'll be hearing from those three PFA members and I say "bring it on!!".

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  5. Wow! I love this pizza!! I want to try this or something similar. This is the perfect busy workday menu!

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  6. Hey Lazaro! This looks super! Yes, it's an addiction but one that should never be cured. Ironically I just posted a pizza recipe myself.

    Here's one for thought: my husband just had pizza out last night that was topped with clams-- still in the shell. It was amazing!!

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  7. Well, this is a gourmet pizza. More then a meal! Enjoy your addiction . There are worst things in the world.

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  8. Confession is good for the soul, lol, I too had an addiction, but its the meat- throw out the crust, yes, sue me, I want the beef! :) Love this post, you and I will discuss living on the 'Fringe' one day...

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  9. I'm with you on the pizza addition and just had a couple of slices of Margherita. Yours looks fantastic! Love it with the beef fillet and must try it! What a meal!!

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  10. I suffer the same ailment. Thank goodness everything tastes good on a pizza. This one looks terrific!

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  11. The black bean mayo is an amazing idea, Lazaro.. i thought it was like a refried bean base... but no... chinese black bean.. very cool idea...how can you go wrong with a filet and those flavors... that is one great pizza (ps, I have the pizza munchies too this week...will be making one on Sunday!

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  12. ooh la la! We eat a lot of pizza in our house too. The kiddos love inventing flavor combos. They were very excited by the black bean mayo. We'll be trying this on a gf crust really soon!

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  13. now thats a pizza my hubby will love for sure! wow! the ultimate meatlovers!

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  14. OMG. You and I both need to get ourselves registered into rehab....I make my own pizza dough and toppings, and my brother-in-law came over once from California for a visit. I made three pizzas. Two for him and my husband and one for me. He could not believe that a little lady like me (teeeeheeee) could wolf down a DEEP DISH pizza of such colossal proportions. I showed him. The thing was gone within minutes and I just walked away without a flinch. YOUR PIZZA here is a killer in the making, and I am going to run fast in the other direction before I get myself into trouble!!! I make a seafood pizza that will cause you to go into withdrawals...perhaps for both our sakes, I should shut up now!

    BYE! Great post, Lazaro! Anita

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  15. I loved the description of your addiction. Picturing the scene of you quivering under a mound of pizza boxes made me lol. I am a huge pizza fan as well and I'm lucky cause I live in NY! This beefy pizza is fantastic!

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  16. Lazaro
    thats not just a pizza, its a taste of heaven!! wowser, when I saw it on Face book I didn't realize there was a black bean base, what a kick it must have given this pizza, a perfect compliment to the beef, and I love the tortilla base!! What a wonderful creation my friend!

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  17. well, I too have a pizza issue so I completely understand. In fact, the fam and I are eating, you guessed it, pizza, as we speak!! Love that you love it and this one? Oh! Well I don't eat meat but it does truly look delish. Honey is 'back seat reading' me and drooling on my shoulder, for sure... great job, great flavors, truly inventive :)

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  18. It looks like you're in good company Laz - and I'm as afflicted as you are *sigh*

    This is just stunning! I wouldn't even miss cheese here and that my friend is saying a lot! Magnificent!!

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  19. This looks tremendously yummy! Between the black beans & the tenderloin how could this be anything but fabulous!

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  20. Hey Lazaro,

    I absolutely love pizza also! Pizza always reminds me of my Grandmother. No, she didn't make pizza. Are you ready to laugh? She used to make me order Pizza Hut and we'd enjoy our greasy yumminess while watching world wrestling federation. Yup, she was the coolest Chinese grandma I knew :-D.

    Tenderloin is my favorite cut of meat. I love your creation here. Your pizza is definitely a winner in my books. It did such a great job in catching my attention that I never even realized there wasn't any cheese until reading the recipe, and I'm one who enjoys my pizza with ooey gooey cheese. I can definitely do without for this wonderful creation.

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  21. Wow, I have never seen a pizza like yours before, absolutely delicious.
    Take care ♥

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  22. Well, you know most people have some kind of addiction. Pizza is just one of mine, so simple but so delicious. Isn't it terrible when you just say you're taking one piece, then keep going back for more...until there's nothing left?! I love your topping and think I'll have to indulge my addiction a little more, just to get it out of my system you understand.

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  23. I'm a pizza fan too and one of my favorite things about it is how versatile it is. I never would have thought of these toppings but they sound delicious! Especially that black bean mayo, I would go crazy for a roasted veggie sandwich slathered with that! :)

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  24. Oh man. There are no words Lazaro. I need a 12 step program
    xoxo Pattie

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  25. This has to be the most expensive pizza if ever it is available outside...such big chunks of beef! Smart way to use tortilla as base! I have to try making pizza this way :D

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  26. Your pizza looks wonderful...flavors and ingredients I wouldn't have thought to put on a pizza. And your black bean mayo is fantastic! I can see why you'd be hooked on pizzas like these...

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  27. Pizza's one of those things that seems impossible to screw up. Even if it's not traditional, so long as the ingredients are of a good quality, it's bound to be delicious. :)

    I love the idea of a beef tenderloin pizza - I don't believe I've ever seen any form of beef other than ground on pizza, so this is definitely a new idea to me!

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  28. wow.... i loved and looks very goodddddd

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  29. Lazaro...this is so mouth-watering pizza with the tenderloin beef slices on it...yummy :)

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  30. I just told Joanne at Eats Well With Others that her pumpkin pizza was the most unusual I have ever seen.
    Wrong again. This one is! While I don't share your pizza addiction, I'm really tempted. Black bean mayo is a brilliant innovation....I don't even think I'd miss the cheese!

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  31. You should never give up on your pizza addiction. It's seriously good stuff.

    I love the sound of this tortilla pizza, especially with refried beans as a base. All of the best parts of tex-mex in one pizza. Hellagood.

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  32. Pizza is still one of my all-time favorite foods. Say yes to carbs, say Yes to cheese! Say yes to beef tenderloin and bean puree! Now this is elevating pizza to a whole new level :) Love it!

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  33. Lazaro, at least you admit your addiction. And that is the first step....to organizing your own Pizza Lover's Anonymous Group! haha!

    I, too, love the pizza pie but here on Miami Beach they never make it to my house without getting soggy! So, I try to make my own too (one day I will attempt dough but for now Publix makes it sooo easy to buy!)

    Am lovin' YOURS and nice to see you make some casual food too! (with meat and everything!!)

    Laz have you tried Casale yet? Same owners as Sardinia's on the beach but they have a mozzarella bar with burrata and all kinds of yumminess! It's on my list!

    Rah Rah for the 'Za!

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  34. You know I love this one, and great to see it on the picture - truly a marvelous creation!

    With the foodbuzz challenge for next week and your influence, I think I'm now catching the pizza bug :) I thought about pizza the whole weekend! I do have quite a few ideas to share - we'll talk soon!

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  35. Okay your not alone, I could pizza everyday...but wow! how would I fit into my jeans...lol..I love this version, especially with my other addiction tortillas...no cheese no problem, great recipe and the black bean mayo paired with jalapenos..killa!!
    sweetlife

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  36. That was loaded! I just love this pizza! I can't wait to try this one. I am going to love this for sure.

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  37. OM gosh, dis is gorgeously delish!!
    I sure could have this pizza everyday too:-)
    And i cant click on Natasha's link, is it only me?

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  38. I like Morimoto!
    I don't find this addiction is bad. Look at how delicious it is! There's no cheese so it's healthy! The tenderloin is cooked to perfection. Love the pink meat and the black bean base is clever. My new cast iron pizza pan is still sitting at a cornor..poor thing. When my travel is over, hopefully i will have time to get my hands on.

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  39. I love pizza too. Where ever I travel, I try to have pizza at one of the local restaurants. You get some crazy creations overseas.

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  40. I too love pizza (maybe not quite as addicted as you are, haha) and just love how versatile it is!! Have a crust of some kind, with a sauce of some kind (or none), some toppings, maybe cheese, maybe not, and it's just the perfect bites of food :) I am also a huge fan of beef tenderloin, so I'm liking this version :) yum!

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  41. Fantastic group of flavors, love it...I bet it would be wonderful with grilled shrimp too :)
    There are some addictions you just must give into!
    I saw Natasha's post, and voted :)

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  42. AHHHHHH....Do you know that I was thinking of this very pizza today, and here I am having seen your kind comment on my blog. Thank you dear Lazaro; your wife is indeed lucky as well to have a tender man who loves to cook and blog....and WHO LOVES PIZZA!!! On my deathbed, if I can take just one bite of something, it would be PIZZA WITH LOTS OF GARLIC!!!

    Ciao my friend, Anita

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  43. Yes I'm a pizza addict too.

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  44. This recipe looks so... so like something a man would make! Did you eat it all by yourself?

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  45. Ah hahahaha! Oh man ... the first part of your post has me cracking up and driving the people around me crazy ... I'm trying to picture you with a slice of pizza under your chin. It's a good picture.

    Oh, pizza. :)

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  46. I have to tell you I ate a beef tenderloin pizza with mashed potatoes this weekend and it was incredible! Yours looks just as good!!

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  47. This looks awesome! Going to have to try this for my next cookout or tailgating pizza party .

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  48. Wow! mouthwatering, delicious dish. I love it very much. i can have it in breakfast, lunch and in dinner.My mum used to prepare it for me. But alas! now i am away from her.But your easy steps of pizza to prepare it will help me to make it.

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