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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington consists of a beef fillet (or tenderloin) that is first seared, then cooked in the oven in a puff pastry crust stuffed with a mushroom duxelles and morsels of foie gras.

The recipe is rather long, but fairly straightfoward. Here I show you all the tips to help you make it sucessfully yourself.

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Last modified on: September 7th 2018

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
55 min.14 min.48 min.1 hour 57 min.
Preservation: Should be eaten immediately
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Step by step recipe

1 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #1

Prepare the beef

Ask your butcher for a good chunk of fillet in one piece.

Salt and pepper all over.
2 min.
2 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #2Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan on high heat.

When good and hot, brown the beef all over.

Note: this is not to cook it, just colour the outside for about 1 minute on each side.
4 min.
3 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #3Leave the meat on a wire rack to rest and cool. 10 min.
4 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #4

Prepare the mushroom duxelles

Prepare 1 shallot and chop finely.

Peel the mushrooms and chop small.
10 min.
5 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #5Pour 4 tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan on medium heat.

When hot, add the chopped shallot, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute without colouring.

Then add the mushrooms, but do not add any more salt at this stage. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
8 min.
6 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #6Remove from the heat, add 1 tablespoon parsley, salt and pepper, then mix well.

Leave to cool and set aside.
1 min.
7 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #7

Make the stuffing

Cut 30 g Foie gras into small pieces and put in a bowl.
4 min.
8 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #8Add the mushroom duxelles and mix well.

The stuffing is now ready.
2 min.
9 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #9

Assemble the beef Wellington

Roll out 200 g Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée) (if not ready rolled) and pierce a small hole or two in the centre to let out the steam.

Lay the pastry in a loaf tin, as in the photo, leaving the excess pastry draped over the side. This trick helps to keep everything in shape during assembly.
5 min.
10 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #10Place the beef on a buckwheat pancake... 2 min.
11 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #11...and wrap up firmly.

This is another good tip (fron Thierry Marx): the pancake absorbs the excess meat juices during cooking and this helps to keep the pastry nice and crisp. The pancake blends in with everything else when eaten and your guests might not even notice it.
1 min.
12 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #12Spread a layer of mushroom-foie gras stuffing in the bottom, about the same length as the beef. 3 min.
13 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #13Lay the wrapped beef on the stuffing. 1 min.
14 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #14Spread the rest of the stuffing over the top. 3 min.
15 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #15Lastly, fold over the sides of the pastry to seal everything in.

To lighten the calorific load, you can trim off the excess pastry.
3 min.
16 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #16Glaze top. 1 min.
17 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #17Turn the beef Wellington out of the tin onto a sheet of cooking parchment laid on a baking sheet. Glaze the top side of the pastry. 2 min.
18 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #18Cooking should take around 30 to 40 minutes for 750g of meat, but the best way to be sure is to use an electronic thermometer stuck into the centre of the meat. Stop cooking at 140°F (60°C) for "just done" or 122°F (50°C) for "rare". 40 min.
19 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #19While the meat is cooking, prepare your choice of sauce. This dish is traditionally served with port sauce (blond roux and port left to reduce), but I am not really a fan. I prefer a marchand de vin sauce made with blond roux and Noilly Prat left to reduce, as shown in this photo. 15 min.
20 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #20Take the beef Wellington out of the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving in thick slices...
21 Beef Wellington : Photo of step #21...with your chosen accompaniment, potato purée in this case.

Remarks

The quality of the meat is of great importance for this recipe, so it is worth spending the extra to get the best you can.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3892156 gr93 gr322 gr
195 %60 %9 %49 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
26311 gr6 gr22 gr
13 %4 %1 %3 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
64826 gr15 gr53 gr
32 %10 %1 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 8.82 €
Per person : 1.47 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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This recipe use (among others)
Beef Beef : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe", How to cook red meat properly, Upside-down Parmentier, Beef braised in reduced red wine, ... [All]
MushroomsMushrooms: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Mixed salad, Special Parmesan baguettes, Lumberjack turnovers, Kérinou slices, Rabbit civet, ... [All]
Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée)Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Millefeuille, Comtoise tart for Seàn, Nanou's tuna tart, Caramelised apple pie, Crusty cockle tart, ... [All]
Foie grasFoie gras: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Duck Parmentier, Foie gras fingers, Tournedos Rossini, Sarladaise potatoes, Foie gras Chantilly , ... [All]

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