Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Cuisineist kitchen goes to England and enjoys making the classic Beef Wellington


Beef Wellington

by The Cuisineist






This dish was prepared for and named after Arthur Wellesley, who was made the first Duke of Wellington having defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 . . . despite the fact that it is believed he wasn't particularly interested in food on the whole, with this dish being one of the few he really savored.

Serves 4

Ingredients


1½ lb Fillet of Beef (in one piece)

Black Pepper

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1oz Butter

6oz Mushrooms

4oz Smooth Liver Pate

11oz Puff Pastry

Beaten Egg to glaze



Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Tie the fillet with string at intervals to ensure it keeps its shape during cooking and season well with freshly ground Black Pepper.

2. Melt the butter and oil in a frying pan until very hot, add the beef and seal well on all sides.

3. Transfer to a roasting pan and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

3. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Reheat the oil and butter in the frying pan, add the mushrooms and sauté gently until soft. Set aside to cool.

4. Re-heat the oven to 425F. On a floured surface, roll the pastry out to an oblong large enough to enclose the joint of meat.

5. Once cool, in a small bowl mix together the mushrooms and pate until well blended.

6. Spread the mushroom mixture down the centre of the pastry, lay the meat on top. Brush the edges with a little beaten egg then pull up the long edges to overlap at the top: press down to seal.

7. Fold up the short ends of the pastry making a parcel, cutting off any excess pastry.

8. Use the pastry trimmings to decorate the top, brush with beaten egg and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving into 4 thick slices.


ENJOY !

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