Beef Wellington


Beef Wellington is a classic English dish that is sure to impress your guests. Tender beef fillet is wrapped in a delicious pastry, making it the perfect main course for a special occasion. This recipe is relatively straightforward, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your Beef Wellington turns out perfectly.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef fillet
  • 250g mushrooms
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and shallot and cook until softened.
  3. Spread the mushroom mixture over the beef fillet. Roll up the beef fillet, starting from the short end, and tie with kitchen string.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown the beef all over.
  5. Allow the beef to cool slightly. Cut the puff pastry sheet in half lengthwise. Place the beef on one half of the pastry, and brush the edges with beaten egg.
  6. Fold the pastry over the beef, and press the edges together to seal. Trim off any excess pastry.
  7. Place the beef Wellington on a baking tray and brush with beaten egg. Cut a few slits in the top of the pastry to allow steam to escape.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the beef is cooked to your liking.

Potential changes & improvements

If you’re short on time, you can use ready-made puff pastry. Just be sure to thaw it properly before using. For a more decadent dish, you could also add some foie gras or truffles to the mushroom mixture.

What other food it works well with?

Beef Wellington is traditionally served with roast potatoes and vegetables. A classic English gravy is also a nice addition.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes when making Beef Wellington is not sealing the pastry properly. This can cause the filling to leak out during cooking, so be sure to press the edges of the pastry together firmly. It’s also important not to overcook the beef, as this will make it tough and dry.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving size: 1 beef Wellington
  • Calories: 990
  • Fat: 63 g
  • Saturated fat: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 165 mg
  • Sodium: 460 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Protein: 63 g

Allergens

Wheat, egg, milk


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