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Bootlegger's Beef

    1 2-pound butt-end beef tenderloin roast, well trimmed
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 cup chopped onions
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 cup beef broth
    1/3 cup whisky
    1 tablespoon all purpose flour
    1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
    1/3 cup whipping cream
    2 teaspoons coarsely crushed black peppercorns

  Preheat oven to 400F. Pat beef tenderloin dry with paper towels.
 Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in heavy large
 ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add beef to skillet and cook
 until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add chopped onions,
 carrots and thyme to skillet.

  Transfer skillet to oven and roast beef until meat thermometer
 inserted into thickest part registers 120F for rare, stirring
 vegetables occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer beef to platter.
 Tent with foil to keep warm.

  Place skillet with vegetables over medium-high heat. Add beef broth
 and whisky and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Boil
 until liquid is reduced to 2/3 cup, stirring occasionally, about
 7 minutes. Strain sauce and return to skillet.

  Mix flour and butter in small bowl until smooth paste forms. Add
 to sauce in skillet and whisk until well blended. Add whipping cream,
 crushed black peppercorns and any accumulated juices from beef.
 Simmer over medium heat until sauce thickens, whisking constantly,
 about 3 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt. Cut beef into
 thick slices and arrange on platter. Spoon sauce over.