Beef Wellington is a classic dish that is perfect for special occasions or a fancy dinner party. This dish consists of a tender beef fillet that is wrapped in puff pastry and then baked to perfection. The result is a luxurious and delicious meal that is sure to impress your guests.
In this recipe, we will show you how to make a traditional beef Wellington. We will also provide some tips and tricks to make the dish even more delicious and presentable. Let's get started!
- 1 (2-pound) beef tenderloin
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Season the beef tenderloin with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat.
Add the beef and sear on all sides for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until nicely browned.
Remove the beef from the skillet and let it cool slightly.
In the same skillet, add the mushrooms, shallots, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms have released their liquid and the mixture is dry.
Remove the mushroom mixture from the skillet and let it cool slightly.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Stir in the flour to make a roux.
Slowly whisk in the beef broth, then the cream, and bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 2 minutes, or until thickened.
Stir in the egg yolk and Dijon mustard.
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to form a large rectangle.
Spread the mushroom mixture over the puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges.
Place the beef in the center of the pastry, then roll the pastry around the beef, tucking the edges under to seal.
Brush the beaten egg over the pastry, then make a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
Place the beef Wellington on a baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Serve the beef Wellington with a side of roasted vegetables such as asparagus or Brussels sprouts.
- You can also add some gravy or sauce of your choice to enhance the flavor.
- For a fancy presentation, serve the beef Wellington on a platter with some fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary.
- You can also use a different type of meat such as a pork tenderloin or chicken breast.
- If you want to make the dish more flavorful, you can add some herbs such as thyme or rosemary to the beef or mushroom mixture.
- To make the dish more fancy, you can add some truffle to the mushroom mixture.
- If you have any leftovers, you can slice the beef Wellington and reheat it in the oven or in a pan for a quick and easy meal