Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Wine is bottled poetry." -Robert Louis Stevenson, Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

It does seem a shame to cook perfectly innocent blackberries this way. After all, they are so beautiful and plump and juicy and always seem best eaten raw or on top of cereal or cooked in pancakes. The sauce is lovely and worth it, however. There is a tart sweetness that goes well with the herbaceousness of the thyme so well. Other berries would be too sweet but you could use a pinot noir instead of the merlot. There would be a fruiter flavor to the sauce.


Roast Tenderloin with Merlot Blackberry Sauce

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 2 tablespoons sauce with 4 ounces beef

Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied or halved. This sauce keeps well for about 2 - 3 days in the refrigerator.

Serve with Roasted Yams with Rosemary [Low Sodium Roasted Yams with Rosemary] or Roasted Potatoes or Plain Mashed Potatoes [Plain Mashed Potatoes - Low Sodium Version] as well as Parmesan Squash or Herbed Zucchini or Green Beans with Red Onion

Beef Tenderloins recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 1 cup merlot
  • 1/2 pint fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup no salt added vegetable stock
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 4-ounce tenderloin filets
  • spray oil
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Place the merlot, blackberries, chicken stock, salt, pepper, thyme, and maple syrup in a medium stainless or non-reactive sauce pan.

Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Use a potato masher or a slotted spoon to gently mash all of the blackberries.

Cook on simmer for another 15 minutes.

Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer, pressing down with a rubber spatula to remove all the liquid. Discard the pulp and seeds.

Rinse the sauce pan and return the strained sauce to the pan.

Simmer for another 15 minutes until reduced by half. There should be about 1/2 cup sauce.

Add the butter and whisk until dissolved. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When hot, spray lightly with the oil and add the filets.

Sprinkle the tops lightly with the salt and pepper.

Cook for about 5 – 7 minute and turn.

Cook for another 5 minutes for rare to medium rare.

Serve topped with warm sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 tablespoons sauce with 4 ounces beef

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 320 Calories from Fat 117
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 13g 16%
    Saturated Fat 7g 33%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg 24%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 2% Iron 19%
Vitamin K 9mcg Potassium 200mg