Beef Wellington for Two

Beef Wellington for Two

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Keep the elegance and tradition of a large Beef Wellington but for individual servings encased in wonderful pastry.
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Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooling & Chilling Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 886 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 12" Non-Stick Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms trimmed and halved
  • 16 oz filets mignons 8-ounce center-cut filets mignons, 2 inches thick, trimmed
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp Madeira
  • 1 puff pastry 9 1/2 by 9-inch sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten

Instructions
 

  • Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse mushrooms in food processor until finely chopped, 13 to 15 pulses, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • Pat filets dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook filets until well browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer filets to paper towel–lined plate.
  • Melt butter in now-empty skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, shallot, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring often, until browned and nearly all moisture has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in Madeira and cook until no liquid remains, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • Roll puff pastry into 11-inch square on lightly floured counter. Cut pastry into 4 equal squares. Place 2 pastry squares on prepared sheet and spread 1/4 cup mushroom mixture in center of each, to about same diameter as filets, leaving 1-inch border. Place 1 filet on each mushroom-coated square. Spread ½ teaspoon mustard on top of each filet. Stretch remaining pastry squares over filets to meet bottom pastry squares. Cup your hands around filets to create tight shape.
  • Pinch top and bottom pastry squares together to seal. Trim excess pastry to form circle, leaving 1/2-inch border around filet. Crimp dough evenly around edge using your fingers. Refrigerate pastry packets, uncovered, until cold, about 1 hour.
  • Brush tops and sides of pastry packets with egg. Bake until meat registers 110 degrees, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to wire rack and let packets rest, 10 minutes for medium-rare or 20 minutes for medium. (Puff pastry packets act as oven and continue to cook steaks while they rest.) Serve.

Notes

The puff pastry packets insulate the beef, which continues to cook during the resting period. Note that we pull the packets from the oven when the meat registers about 110 degrees and give different resting times depending on the desired doneness. To ensure accuracy, it’s important to buy filets that are 2 inches thick. To thaw frozen puff pastry, let it sit either in the refrigerator for 24 hours or on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Do not chill the pastry packets longer than 1 hour in step 5 or the pastry will become soggy.

Nutrition

Calories: 886kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 36gFat: 64gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 301mgPotassium: 1222mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Beef

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