Fillet of Beef

Serves 8 to 10

1 oven-ready beef filet (about 4 ½ pounds)
1 garlic clove, peeled and cut into thin slivers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
2. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut slits in the meat and insert slivers of the garlic. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper, and set it in a shallow roasting pan just large enough to hold the meat comfortably.
3. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350° F and bake for another 25 minutes for rare meat(120° F on instant-read thermometer), or another 35 minutes for medium(130° degrees F).
4. Remove the roast from the oven and let it stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Or cool completely to room temperature and slice for serving cold.