love at first bite. [beef tenderloin sandwich w. tomato, avocado, provolone & homemade pesto]

August 1st, 2012 by | comments


Put your bikini/swim trunks away for the day and go make this sandwich. I promise you won’t regret it. Though this isn’t a healthy summer recipe, the sandwich is so delicious that it doesn’t matter. And as I’m sure you can see from the photo, the gooey cheese takes the cake.

One of the best parts about this sandwich is that it’s made up of leftovers. Sure, not everyone has leftover beef tenderloin and homemade pesto sitting in the fridge, but if you do (or want to make everything fresh), I highly suggest you do so. :)


Homemade pesto, use as much as desired

1 tomato, sliced

2 slices provolone

1/2 avocado, sliced

Beef tenderloin, grilled (use rub of your choice)

La Brea Bakery whole grain bread


Prepare homemade pesto, as directed. Place two slices of whole grain bread on cutting board. Top bottom piece with beef tenderloin, then provolone. Melt cheese under broiler.

Once melted, remove bottom half of sandwich from broiler, then top cheese with avocado and tomato. Spread a generous amount of pesto on the bottom of the top slice of bread, then place on sandwich. Serve hot.

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Oh my, that is one crazy delicious sandwich. Beef Tenderloin, Avocado, and Pesto – 3 of my favorite things!

  • Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen

    This sandwich looks amazing! I love every element of it and I’m sure they all come together to produce something heavenly!

  • thecompletecookbook

    Brilliant taste explosion sandwich Caroline!
    :-) Mandy

  • Geni – Sweet and Crumby

    I want to eat at your house. Screw the bikini. This looks amazing…and I love that you specifically called out La Brea Bread! ;) Nice touch.

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    Forget about the swimming suit…I don’t swim. I just want this sandwich!

  • Sawsan@ Chef in disguise

    I have three pots full of basil and I am in love with the idea of pesto as a sandwich spread. Forget the swim suits, this is one treat worth having

  • Choc Chip Uru

    I can see why the love is at first bite, believe me :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Courtney

    Drool…. that looks SO good right now, Caroline. It’s killing me.

  • Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    ahhhhh two please. No make that three.

  • ChgoJohn

    Wow, Caroline! This post needs no description. Just those photos and the recipe is all that’s required.

  • The Hook

    You bring such class to WordPress, Caroline… Well done!

  • Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)

    full of flavor! Wow, i love it

  • Christina

    Mmmm…this sandwich looks incredible! I love the pesto and avocado on top! :)

  • Amy

    I actually have leftover pesto sitting in my fridge…no beef tenderloin though. I’ll have to go get some. Looks amazing and cheesy :)

  • My Inner Chick

    Put your bikini/swim trunks away for the day and go make this sandwich.–



  • spree

    a gorgeous sandwich Caroline. (being the non-meat eater sort, I was happy to see the beef tucked beneath the oozing layer of cheese! so something very like this – but not Exactly this – will end up on plates at our house! Thanks for the inspiration!)

  • egg me on

    Ohhhh man, Caroline! I want leftovers at your house. Look at all that amazing gooey melty cheese! Seriously. Provolone is the best. My mouth is watering looking at all of those photos.

  • The Café Sucré Farine

    Oh my, this is making me drool! It looks fantastic, love all your ingredients!

  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    Oh wow. That looks really awesome.

  • Karen

    I need to buy a tenderloin steak just so I can have leftovere and make you great looking sandwich.