Beef Wellington #SundaySupper

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 45 comments

in Holidays, Sunday Supper

Beef Wellington by Family Foodie

Have you ever made Beef Wellington?  I had not tried it before this weekend.  I really have not seen it offered as an entree at any of our favorite restaurants and admit that it wasn’t until I started watching Master Chef that I was intrigued by it. Chef Gordon Ramsay was so passionate about Beef Wellington and it seemed that 9 out of 10 contestants could not execute this recipe.  Every time I saw someone struggling with Beef Wellington on the show, I couldn’t help but think, I could so make that!

Ron and the boys love any kind of beef and were now dying to try Beef Wellington.  This has been on the top of my Recipe Bucket list for the last couple of months.  It’s the start of a new year and the #SundaySupper Team was also ready to tackle those recipes that they had on their must-try list.  It was the perfect timing for me to tackle this bad boy!

I am really glad that I gave Beef Wellington a shot.  It was fabulous and juicy and had so many layers of flavor.  It is a true bucket list recipe everyone really should try even if just once.  I will tell you that it was more intimidating than I realized.   While watching Master Chef, I would see the contestants over cook the beef and toss it aside and start over.  Well, this is a pricey piece of meat, certainly not one that I would be willing to toss if I didn’t cook it properly…  add the prosciutto, pate and puff pastry.  Trust me when I tell you, we would be eating this piece of meat even if it were burnt.  So while  not on the show and while not being yelled at by Chef Ramsay, I still felt the pressure.

Beef Wellington Family Foodie

Would I cook it again?  Absolutely!  I served it with Garlic Squashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach and Shallot, Rosemary, Red Wine Au Jus, it really was Fab-U-Lous. It is not an everyday family meal or even a regular Sunday Supper meal, instead it is something that is perfect for a memorable occasion.  For us, it was the perfect meal to start 2013… especially when I saw the oohs and aahs from my boys and the huge smiles on their faces!

Beef Wellington

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Beef Wellington

Recipe adapted from Beef Wellington by Gordon Ramsay

Ingredients

  • 2 -3 lbs Filet of Beef
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Mushrooms finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 large sprigs fresh Rosemary
  • 6 ounces Chicken or Pork Pate
  • 12 slices Prosciutto
  • 1 lb Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 1 handful flour
  • 2 egg yolks beaten with 1 tsp water
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425°F Place the beef on a roasting tray, brush with 1 tbsp olive oil and season with pepper, then roast for 15 mins for medium-rare or 20 mins for medium. When the beef is cooked to your liking, remove from the oven to cool.
  2. While the beef is cooling, use a food processor to finely chop the mushrooms.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil and all the butter in a large pan and fry the mushrooms on a medium heat, with the rosemary sprig, until you have a softened mixture. If there is excess moisture, use a paper towel to absorb.
  4. Overlap two pieces of plastic wrap over a large chopping board. Lay the prosciutto on the plastic wrap, slightly overlapping, in a double row.
  5. Spread half the mushroom mixture over the prosciutto.
  6. Spoon half the Pork Pate over the mushroom mixture then sit the fillet on it and spread the remaining mushroom mixture and Pate over it.
  7. Use the plastic wrap edges to draw the prosciutto around the fillet, then roll it into a sausage shape, twisting the ends of plastic wrap to tighten it as you go.
  8. Chill the fillet while you roll out the pastry.
  9. Roll out a third of the pastry to a 7 x 12in strip and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Roll out the remaining pastry to about 11 x 14in. Unravel the fillet from the plastic wrap and place it in the center of the smaller strip of pastry and brush the pastry's edges, and the top and sides of the wrapped fillet, with beaten egg yolk. Using a rolling pin, carefully lift and drape the larger piece of pastry over the fillet, pressing well into the sides.
  10. Seal the rim with the edge of a fork or spoon handle. Glaze all over with more egg yolk and, using the back of a knife, mark the beef Wellington with long diagonal lines taking care not to cut into the pastry. Chill for at least 30 mins.
  11. Heat oven 375°.
  12. Brush the Wellington with a little more egg yolk and cook until golden and crisp - 20-25 mins for medium-rare beef, 30 mins for medium or until meat thermometer registers 130 degrees.
  13. Allow to stand for 10 mins before serving in half inch slices.
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Kid Ratings: Alexandra 9, Ronnie 10, Reis 10, Riley 10   Guest:  Natalia 10
*Alexandra is not a huge meat lover and even she raved about the beef wellington
 

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

This looks gorgeous and amazingly delicious, Isabel. I have made my own version of individual ones with filets, blue cheese, mushroom duxelles, and phyllo to make it a smidge lighter. Hmmm, maybe that will be my retro remix recipe for a few weeks from now!

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FamilyFoodie January 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

Brianne~ that sounds delish I have never heard of using blue cheese & Phyllo… I must try it. I think that would be an awesome Retro Recipe!

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Pam @ The Meltaways January 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

Looks like a fabulous success! What a gorgeous meal!

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FamilyFoodie January 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

Thank so much Pam! We really enjoyed it and it is something I would cook for a Holiday again.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 6, 2013 at 7:47 am

Wow,your dinner plate looks good, but I’d add a little more Beef Wellington to it!! Fantastic recipe!!

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FamilyFoodie January 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

Jennifer, you should have seen my boys plates… they were piled high!

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Alex January 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

It does look amazing. With your easy-to-follow instructions, I hope I can make a good beef wellington too!

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FamilyFoodie January 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

Alex~ You can do it! If you have any questions, just let me know and make sure you let me know how it turns out!

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Patti January 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

Wow Isabel! You really out-did yourself this time! It looks amazing and I love the sides that you served with it. Delish!

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Susan January 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

This looks amazing! Perfect crust and cooked just the way I like it medium rare!

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Katie January 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

So impressive! I have never tried to make Beef Wellington, but I hear you – I’ve seen Gordon Ramsay get really passionate about it and always wondered how difficult it would be to execute. Yours looks like quite the success!

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Cindy January 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

Isabel this looks perfect! You make it look easy! I’ve dreaded getting a soggy crust, I got to try it made this way!

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Nicole @ The Daily Dish January 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

Isabel I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious this looks. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a Beef Wellington and yours just looks AH-MAZING!
Congrats on crossing it off the bucket list!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen January 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

I had this many times growing up, it was very popular in the early 80´s. And it is a part of my list too, especially since GR says it took him years to perfect the final recipe. I particularly like that the meat is always red and juicy. And really, what isn´t improved with a piece of puff pastry? Have a great day Isabel!

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Jen @JuanitasCocina January 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

You did it!!!! I’m terrified of even trying this one! Yours is gorgeous!

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Chris Baccus January 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

Look at you Ms. Overachiever. :) Nice choice. I haven’t had a beef wellington for years. Like you said few restaurants even make it any more and I’m sure the only reason it showed up on Gordon Ramsey’s show is because he still makes things like figgy pudding and kidney pie. Plus the restaurants I’ve had it at, one I know just used a frozen version because it was still cold when it arrived on my plate…

This really doesn’t look to difficult I may have to give it a try myself. Thanks and I look forward to your kidney pie on next year’s bucket list.

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Heather @girlichef January 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

Ramsay is passionate about his Welly, isn’t he!? Same on Hell’s Kitchen. It looks like yours turned out beautifully…and now I’m seriously craving it. Love tenderloin in any form!

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Samantha @ FerraroKitchen January 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

Oh my Isabel…you have no idea! This is MY kinda meal! I may have to add this to my list as well…well done!! haha (No, I actually like mine medium ;)

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Bea January 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Isabel – this looks simply amazing! Congratuations – on a fantastic Beef Wellington. This could be perfect for the 2013 Holidays:)

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Tara January 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Love, love, love Beef Wellington and love that it is done with proscuitto, simply amazing!!

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Liz January 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

It’s been years since I’ve made beef wellington…way before my blog! I need to treat my family again…yours is definitely a masterpiece!!!

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Renee January 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Beautiful beef wellington. I have not made one yet and I’m adding it to my bucket list.
Ditto on eating the pricey meat even if it is very overdone. We don’t toss food like that around here.

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) January 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Gordon Ramsay would be proud, Isabel! This is one gorgeous piece of meat…so proud of you for challenging yourself. Isn’t it fun the things we take on and accomplish for our blogs?!!??!

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman January 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

You know, I’ve been wanting to try Julia Child’s recipe for a while now but it seems very daunting until I watched Chef Ramsay demonstrate it on a YouTube video a couple of weeks back. I’ll get around to it one day, but you’re correct: The filet is expensive…

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sunithi January 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Ooh this looks so juicy and yumm. So much flavor! Will try this on my venison steak next. Thanks for hosting such a lovely theme & great pics Isabel !

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The Wimpy Vegetarian January 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

What a beautiful dish – congrats on tackling such an ambitious bucket list dish and having it come out so gorgeously. I haven’t made it since I was in school, and know how labor intensive it can be. But I agree, it’s worth it!

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Katy January 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

That looks like the perfect Wellington! Gordon Ramsay would be proud :)

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Lyn @LovelyPantry January 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Congrats!!! You did it!! And your family gave it excellent ratings!! That serving looks wonderful :-)

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Susan January 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Just lovely! And very well-described.

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Hezzi-D January 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

You did an awesome job on this! This item is on my 32 while 32 bucket list. I’m so intimidated by it but it looks so good!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked January 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

This is truly a special meal, Isabel! The kind of meal that you want to savour slowly with your loved ones. I’m so impressed – I would’ve never been brave enough to try this! Yours looks perfectly cooked – I don’t even think Gordon Ramsay could find fault with it! I used to watch Hell’s Kitchen and every single season, no one could cook a good beef wellington. It would be on the menu every dinner service and of course, someone would screw up and the wellies would go into the garbage (I cringe thinking about the waste of food!). I wish I were at your house the night this was made!

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Audrey's Mamma January 6, 2013 at 9:14 pm

While not a fan of Beef I would have come over just to see this amazing dish! And for the side dishes, they sound so yummy!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) January 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I always fantasized about making this dish. And I do remember hearing Gordon Ramsey going on and on about this dish. I may have to add this to my culinary bucket list!

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Stacy January 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I have never made a whole beef Wellington, just individual ones so I am in awe of the golden crust with perfectly pink meat in the middle. Top of the class, Isabel!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

I actually haven’t made beef wellington yet but I think that has to change ASAP! My family would love this!

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Megan - I Run For Wine January 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

OH MY! I have this on my bucket list. In fact, I was tempted to make it this week but the macaron’s won. Your’s turned out perfect. Chef Ramsey wouldn’t be calling you a Donkey!

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Sarah January 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

This made me smile, I remember one (very memorable!) occasion where my grandma tried to make this for dinner… ohhh I learned some interesting language that day!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom January 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Isabel, LOVE this!!! This looks delicious and amazing! Beef, prosciutto, pate and puff pastry??! Oh my! I must add this to my list!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog January 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Isabel, you nailed it! It looks perfect and absolutely delish.

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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite January 8, 2013 at 1:57 am

Ha, this was on bucket list for 2010 and then didn’t get made so it got pushed to 2011′s list and now here we are at 2013 and I still haven’t made it. But I really do need to do it. Maybe I will surprise hubby on his birthday this year. :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Looks incredible! Never even thought about making beef wellington at home!

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kelly @ kellybakes January 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

That is one stunning piece of beef! I’ve only had beef wellington once in my life and it was enough to say that I wasn’t a fan, but I would certainly try it again if it was in front of me and was as perfectly cooked as your and had that gorgeous, golden flaky crust! Brava!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal January 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Wow congrats on making such an amazing dish. Almost all 10s from the kids! I have had little mini beef wellington appetizers, but never the real thing. Someday I would like to try it.

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Sarah January 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Isabel, you are so couragous for making this dish. I’ve thought about it a few times but never had the guts to make it. Now I really want to give a go. Looks absolutely delicous!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife January 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

I have to admit, just the name “Beef Wellington” intimidates me. But man does that look good. My husband loves all things BEEF lol so he’d love this. I need to add it to my bucket list :)

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