Classic Beef Wellington




Introduction: Classic Beef Wellington

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If you are looking for a fancy dinner idea, look no further! Beef Wellington is what you need to impress your dinner guests! The best cut of beef is coated with lots of goodies (such as sautéd mushrooms & parma ham) which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

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Step 1: Ingredients:

700g (1.5lb) Beef Tenderloin

275g (10 oz) Puff Pastry

250g (9 oz)Mushrooms

6 Slices Parma/Proscuitto/Jamon Ham

75g (2.6 oz) Black Olives

1 Egg

Olive Oil

Fresh/Dried Thyme (2 fresh sprigs or 1 teaspoon dried)

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Step 2: Directions:

1. Wash and finely slice mushrooms as well as olives.

2. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Heat up the oil in a frying pan (make sure the pan & oil are hot) before placing the beef in. Sear the meat from every side keeping the heat on high (this will take only 2-3 mins). Once the meat is seared, transfer it onto a plate.

3. Now throw in the mushrooms and olives. Add fresh thyme (without stems),season with salt & pepper and saute (add more olive oil if necessary) until all the water has evaporated from mushrooms (about 10 mins). Turn off the heat and let the mushroom mix cool down.

4. Place cling film on your table/work top and cover with 6 proscuitto/parma/jamon slices. Make sure the slices are overlapping each other. Now spread the mushrooms over creating an even layer.

5. Place meat in the center and carefully fold the parma ham with mushrooms over the meat/wrap the meat using cling film. Make sure it’s rolled tight. Now take the ends and twist them until the meat is sealed really tight and has a barrel shape look. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

6. Half hour later: Take the meat out from the fridge. Remove the cling film. Place new sheet of cling film on your work top. Put puff pastry over the cling film and place the meat in the center. Roll the puff pastry over the meat. Trim off the excess pastry and seal it with egg wash. Seal both ends by pinching the pastry together with your fingers.

7. Now put the cling film over the pastry and again roll until it is tight (the tighter it is the better the final look).

8. Place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes (you can prepare it the night before).

9. Brush with egg wash and if you want to impress your diners then mark the pastry with some lines (of your choice) using back of your knife.

10. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F for 40 minutes.

11. Take out and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

12. Serve with potatoes or potato mash and/or gravy!

13. Enjoy!

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    20 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I would want to emphasize one thing to anyone who hasn't made Beef Wellington before:

    it is absolutely critical that the mushroom mixture is very dry - if you think it is done, simmer another 5 minutes to be safe. Any moisture whatsoever can cause it to go mushy and fall apart later on.

    Also, the tighter you can get the cling wrap, the better

    Nothing better than a Beef Wellington.. Great job on getting it nice and pink, I've only ever made this once but I think I will be giving this a go again very soon! :) thank you for sharing.

    4 replies

    Thank you. Thats my second time to make a beef wellington. Actually its pretty simple dish, but to take photos for blog it makes it much longer process :)

    Haha I know how you feel, when I film my videos it takes forever. Can't tell you how much stuff I have burnt while adjusting the focus! All good fun though. Your images are great though!

    Yes but its worth to have some fun. Unfortunately we eat only cold dinners now :). Your images are also great!

    It is definitely worth it for the fun of doing it. The food is always cold by the time you actually sit down to eat. I don't think many people realise the great looking food online is nearly always probably cold haha. Thank you, I'm actually trying to work on taking better photos, I'm not 100% happy with them.

    Geez, looks amazing but way outa my potential... Made me hungry now. What I CAN do is eat some fried eggs lol...

    1 reply

    its easier than it looks, basically beef wrapped with puff pastry :) everyone can do that! just give it a try!

    So, Beef Wellington is a large, fancy Hot Pocket? It sure does look tasty!

    This looks....
    Okay! Okay! I'll make it! I'll make it!
    One question. Roughly, how many would you say this serves?
    I lead a weird life where I either cook for one or for 20.

    1 reply

    This would be enough for 4, maybe 5 if you are not very hungry :)

    OHMIGOSH!!! I haven't had thus since I was a prep cook 25 years ago! Instructable saved and upcoming weekend menu planned!

    Thanks so much for posting this ?

    1 reply

    Thank you! It actually turned out pretty nice and tasty. Happy cooking! :)

    Thank you!