Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What’s Cooking on Amsterdam’s Grand Asia Voyage

Over the course of Holland America Line’s Grand Asia Voyage aboard Amsterdam, a host of extremely talented guest chefs will be coming on board to share their culinary knowledge, passion, and delicious dishes with fortunate guests.

The first chef to join the cruise was Denise Vivaldo and you can get a taste of what the passengers are experiencing with one of Chef Vivaldo’s personal recipes—Roasted Tenderloin of Beef with a Porcini Wine Sauce. This delectable dish sounds easy to create at home.


1 (about 4 pounds) prime center cut beef tenderloin
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Sear tenderloin, before you place in oven. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Brush meat with olive oil and sprinkle generously with thyme, salt and pepper. Place in a baking pan and roast for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 degrees F and continue roasting until desired doneness is reached: Rare for 35-40 minutes when it registers 125 degrees F on an instant read thermometer; medium-rare for about 45-50 minutes when it registers 130 degrees F.

Remove from oven and let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 8

1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon (4 cups)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces porcini mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons shallots, minced
1 cup homemade or good quality beef stock
Salt to taste
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks

Place wine in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high and continue to boil until reduced to 1 cup, about 17 minutes.

In a large skillet sauté mushrooms in half of the olive oil over medium high heat until golden. Set aside. In the same pan sauté the shallots in remaining olive oil until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in beef stock and reduced wine. Lower heat, add mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary. Remove from heat. Gradually add butter while gently stirring sauce. Spoon sauce over tenderloin before serving.

Image Courtesy Holland America Line

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