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Primal Pan-Fried Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Fries

Posted Feb 27 2014 6:28pm

Grilling in the winter is not a lot of fun…for my husband. I don’t grill. Not that I don’t know how, I just don’t want to; I’m usually doing other things. That’s his job. But don’t feel bad for him because this “job” entails hanging out by the grill on a warm summer day drinking a beer. There are lots of jobs that I have that he actually hates doing. Like going through the kids clothes each season, there’s a fun job. Or uploading and organizing all our photos so I can then spend countless hours creating memory books online. Yay, those are a few of my jobs. I bet your thinking the whole grill master gig isn’t too bad after all? Yeah I’m pretty sure I pulled the short straw on that one…

So what happens when you’re craving an amazing steak but there is 2 feet of snow outside and your grill has disappeared? That’s what happened to me one night. I wanted tenderloin and I wanted it grilled. I had no idea that our grill was buried under literally 2 feet of the white stuff and I got “the look” when I asked why he didn’t just go shovel it out. Whatever… Needing a good recipe on the fly, I remembered a pan-fried steak dinner that my mom used to make when I was a kid with homemade French fries.  I also remembered going to St. Michael’s Restaurant with my family. This Portuguese restaurant in Fall River has the most amazing food. My dad always used to get the steak with the friend egg on top. All I remember is that the egg always looked amazing. Bacon, avocado, & fried eggs can make any burger or steak taste infinitely better in my opinion. (And FYI Red Robin will make you a burger with those exact ingredients and wrap it in lettuce for you!) What I love about this recipe most is that it’s similar to my rosemary prosciutto company chicken recipe in that it’s easy enough to make for a mid-week dinner, yet fancy and tasty enough to serve to company. I hope you like it as much as we did. Even my kids loved this recipe!


Primal Pan-Fried Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Fries
Serves 4
A delicious steak recipe that is easy enough to make for a mid-week dinner yet fancy enough to serve for company.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
For the tenderloins
  1. 4 beef tenderloins (1.5-2 lbs. total)
  2. 1 ½ tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp black pepper
  4. ½ tsp paprika
  5. 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  6. 3 tbsp EVOO, tallow, or fat of choice
  7. 4 tbsp butter
  8. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  9. 4 eggs, fried
For the sweet potato fries
  1. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  2. 4 medium-large orange/white sweet potatoes
  3. EVOO
  4. ½ tsp Salt
  5. ½ tsp pepper
  6. ½ tsp paprika
  7. pinch cayenne pepper
  8. ½ tsp garlic powder
For the tenderloin
  1. Combine salt through Italian seasoning in a small bowl.
  2. Season tenderloins with mixture and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat EVOO over medium-high heat.
  4. Transfer tenderloins to pan and cook each side 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add butter & garlic and turn stove off but leave pan on burner.
  6. Cover and let rest until tenderloins are done to your liking.
  7. While tenderloins are resting, fry eggs in some oil (I like mine over medium.)
  8. Place tenderloin on plate, top with extra sauce and one fried egg.
  9. Serve with baked sweet potato fries & a vegetable to complete the meal.
For the sweet potato fries
  1. Peel & slide potatoes into thin wedges; place cut up potatoes into a large bowl and drizzle with EVOO.
  2. Combine spices in a small bowl and mix. Sprinkle on potatoes and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and turn potatoes over. Bake 10 minutes longer or until done.
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