The Beef Wellington Project

We had such a special and memorable Christmas Eve dinner that it’s only fitting I capture the experience for posterity. It was the very first time my husband Paulo ever made Beef Wellington.

It came out great and he didn’t follow any particular recipe…. he just went on instinct!

Collage

Mushrooms

Shallots

He started by making the Duxelles to be used as stuffing for the Beef Wellington. He chose a variety of mushrooms, such as chestnut and oyster, and added some shallots and garlic.

Raw beef

Sealed beef

A good quality piece of meat is essential. We got our beef fillet from the excellent Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop & Butchery. Paulo made a slit in the fillet for the Duxelles then seared the beef.

Saute

Cream

He sauteed the Duxelles ingredients and added some double cream.

Filo

Now came the tricky part – wrapping it all together. He started off with filo sheets and brushed on a little egg to help the sheets stay together.

Stuffing

Cover

He then stuffed the Duxelles in the slit and covered the beef fillet with the rest.

Wrap1

Wrap2

Wrap 3

He carefully wrapped the beef fillet in the delicate filo sheets and packed it nicely.

Wrap4

Wrap5

More careful wrapping, this time in puff pastry sheets.

Egg

Ready

He brushed the whole thing with egg and even added a little decorative touch. It was then ready for the oven. I have no idea how long he baked it in the oven. He seems to have a natural instinct in knowing when meat is ready!

Cooked

Board

We were thrilled that it didn’t fall apart when it was transferred from the pan to the board!

First slice

End

The end result. Ta-dah! We served the Beef Wellington with a nice salad and some red wine!

Even though we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the best part of the experience was taking on this challenge and succeeding!

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