This concludes our month of mega-gourmet filet action. It’s about time. Next month I’m going to try to go to the opposite side of the fence with the easiest, quickest, most ghetto food that I make for myself.
This is definitely the most fancy pants of ’em all. Beef Wellington is an old-school French preparation made by stuffing beef tenderloin (ideally with foie gras, but we’re not all jillionaires), wrapping it in Puff pastry, and baking it to perfection. It’s not as difficult to make as it seems at first, and can be greatly simplified as well by stuffing it with something simpler.
In the video I decide to stuff the Wellington with grilled asparagus and cream cheese. I made it again two weeks later with wilted spinach, Cambozola, and cream cheese and it was even better. If you want something really easy, a little creamy cheese is probably all you need – like Brie or Camembert. I leave that call up to you.
To make Wellington you will need:
1) A big hunk of beef tenderloin
2)Something to stuff it with
3) 1 Puff pastry sheet, rolled out pretty thin
4) 1 egg yolk and a splash of water (egg wash)
1) Cut it open
2) Stuff it
3) Sear it in hot coconut oil, ghee, or beef tallow
4) Wrap it and egg wash it
5) Bake it. In this case 425 degrees F made it slightly overdone before the pastry got fully browned. 450 is probably a better temp. – granted, I’m cooking at 6,200′ in elevation which makes a difference.
If you dare to make this you won’t regret it! What a treat for a small gathering of 4-6 people!