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Beef Wellington Recipe

Beef Wellington

Rating 5-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
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Beef Wellington - oh beloved food for an evening with friends (or your partner's boss who you are supposed to impress!). Just occasionally, I get an inkling to make Beef Wellington - the tenderest of Angus beef smeared in mustard or horseradish, smothered with mushroom duxelles, wrapped in Parma ham and put to bed in a cover of golden puff pastry. Traditionally, Beef Wellington was coddled in a layer of pâté, but I prefer the mushrooms and Parma ham version. It's actually a lot easier to make than it looks, and the result is fantastic. A great idea for all beef-lovers (and partner's bosses who need to be impressed!).

Some people use thin pancakes to wrap around their beef. The idea is to stop the pastry getting wet. However, I've always found that overlapping prosciutto works just as well, and tastes 100 times better.

      Preparation Time: 1 Hour + waiting

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

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Ingredients for Beef Wellington

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to serve 6:
2lb 4oz
good beef fillet (preferably Aberdeen Angus)
2 tablespoons
olive oil
salt and pepper
4 medium
2 cloves
2 oz
9 oz
mixed mushrooms (chestnut, shiitake, porcini etc.)
1 large sprig
3½ fl oz
dry white wine
2 teaspoons
English mustard OR horseradish sauce
12 slices
prosciutto (parma ham)
1lb 2oz
puff pastry
plain flour (all-purpose flour)


How to Cook Beef Wellington

  1. Season the Beef and sear on all sidesSeason the fillet generously with salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan on high heat and sear the fillet on all sides until well browned. Give each side plenty of chance to brown before turning the meat. Remove from the pan and allow to cool, then chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  2. While the beef is cooling, peel and finely chop the shallots and garlic. Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently fry the shallots and garlic until softened but not coloured. Meanwhile, chop the mushrooms as finely as possible so they have the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. (You can use a food processor to do this, but make sure you pulse-chop the mushrooms so they don't become a wet slurry).
  3. Add the mushrooms, along with a large sprig of fresh thyme to the pan with the shallots and garlic. The aim is simply to remove as much water from the mushrooms as possible, so you'll need to cook for about 10 minutes stirring often, until you have a softened but not too wet mixture.
  4. Season the mushroom mixture with salt and freshly-ground black pepper then pour over the dry white wine and cook for about 10 minutes until all the wine has been absorbed. The mixture should hold its shape when stirred. Remove the mushroom duxelle from the pan to cool, and discard the thyme.
  5. Beef WellingtonCoat the beef lightly with either English mustard or horseradish sauce (but NOT both!!). Using a pastry brush works well for this.
    Beef WellingtonOverlap two pieces of cling film on a clear work surface. Lay the 12 slices of prosciutto on the cling film, slightly overlapping, in a double row.
    Beef WellingtonSpread half the mushroom duxelles over the prosciutto, then sit the coated beef on top and spread the remaining duxelles over the meat.
    Beef WellingtonUse the cling film's edges to draw the prosciutto around the fillet, then roll it into a sausage shape, twisting the ends of the cling film to tighten it as you go. Chill the meat while you roll out the pastry.
    Beef WellingtonDust your work surface with a little flour and roll out the puff pastry. Unravel the fillet from the cling film and sit it in the centre of the pastry. Separate the eggs and beat the 2 egg yolks with 1 teaspoon water. Using the egg, generously brush the edges of the pastry.
    Beef WellingtonFold the pastry round the meat and trim all the joins to create a neat parcel.
    Beef WellingtonGlaze generously all over with more egg yolk (use another egg yolk if needed) and, using the back edge of a knife, mark the beef Wellington with long diagonal lines taking care not to cut right through the pastry. Chill for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
    Beef WellingtonBrush the Wellington with a little more egg yolk, sprinkle with rock salt and cook at the bottom of a preheated hot oven (Mk 7 - 425ºF - 220ºC). Using a cooking thermometer, the centre of the fillet should read 118ºF-122ºF (48ºC-50ºC) for rare (about 30-40 minutes), 125ºF-133ºF (52ºC-56ºC) for medium rare (about 40-45 minutes), 136ºF-144ºF (58ºC-62ºC) for medium (about 45-50 minutes) and 145ºF-150ºF (63ºC-66ºC) for well done (about 50-65 minutes), though even a joint that is rare in the centre will be medium rare at the edges. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving in thick slices - at least 1" (2.5cm) thick.
  6. NOTE: Cooking times above are approximate. Rely on the thermometer, not the clock.

Since the crust stops you seeing the beef as it cooks, I very strongly recommend that you use a cook's thermometer to get you meat to the perfect stage that you want it. Here's a useful guide for cooking times and temperatures that you can use.

This short video will help...

GRAHAM'S WINE RECOMMENDATION: GrahamA medium to full bodied dry red wine like a Pomerol or St. Emilion. (A nice Nuits St Georges does it for me!)
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Reviews of Beef Wellington

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again August 08 2014
Amazing! I modified this recipe slightly by coating the beef in Dijon mustard as opposed to English mustard or horseradish sauce. It still turned out incredible, and is now one of my favorite special occasion dishes. It is well worth the effort and time to complete. Although it's not a quick meal to prepare, this recipe is pretty straightforward and the result is definitely the best Beef Wellington version that I've tried!
(6 reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again April 14 2014
I am now a domestic goddess from this day forward. This was probably the best 'roast' I have ever made. Served it for a dinner party and everyone was floored. I did deviate a bit as I live in Dubai and couldn't get all ingredients as specified. I could only get a rump roast, not fillet, so I had to bash it with a rolling pin and marinade it overnight in crushed garlic, fresh rosemary and soy sauce to try and tenderise it. Everything else I did according to plan except the timings I had to adjust for the size of my roast. The flavours were incredible and much to my surprise, the meat was amazingly tender and juicy. So if you can't afford or can't get, a fillet the size you need, there are other ways to recreate this winning recipe. Superb!
(3 reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again January 16 2014
To Die For!!! I made this recipe for Christmas dinner at my daughter's house in France. It received rave reviews from the whole extended family. I don't usually use a thermometer, but this was one occasion when I'm glad I did, and the result was really outstanding both in taste and presentation. This is a keeper and I will be making it again. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
(2 reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again August 26 2013
I made this for guests coming over for Sunday dinner. It turned out perfectly and was if I say so myself... Out of this world!!! Monday, the family finished it off... we just warmed it in the microwave, and it was equally delicious. The combination of prosciutto and the mushroom duxelles around the succulent beef was stunning. This one is a keeper, for sure!
(7 reviews)

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