Photo: John Kernick; Stylist: Alistar Turnbull/Pat Bates and Associates
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Makes 12 servings (serving size: 2 crostini)

Seared beef tenderloin that's rubbed with orange zest, chili powder, and salt adorn simple toasted baquettes in the stand-out appetizer, Basque Beef Tenderloin Crostini.

Delicious when fresh, this beef recipe will be equally as tasty as leftovers.

Recipe Is:

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine orange zest, chili powder, and salt. Rub tenderloin with spice mixture. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 3

In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sear the beef on all sides until it is brown and caramelized, about 4 minutes per side (12–16 minutes total). Transfer skillet to oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 125° for medium-rare (15–20 minutes).

Step 4

Transfer beef to a cutting board to rest for 20 minutes, then thinly slice. Top each baguette slice with sliced beef, about 1 teaspoon green sauce, and, if using, herbs.

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