This updated classic dish is special enough for the most elegant dinner party. Everyone will applaud your culinary
prowess. This dish can be made a day ahead and cooked just before serving. What could be easier?
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Individual Beef Wellingtons with Peppercorn Sauce
Yields: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
8 (6-ounce each, 1-inch thick)
Beef Tenderloin (Filet Mignon) steaks
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons finely-chopped shallot or green onions
2 tablespoons minced
1/2 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons finely-minced fresh parsley leaves
2 sheets frozen
Phyllo (Fillo) Pastry (from a 17 1/4-ounce package), thawed
eggs beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Peppercorn Sauce (see recipe below)
dill weed sprigs
Bring steaks to room temperature. Coat steaks lightly with olive oil and season both sides
with salt and pepper (press in with your hands). In a heavy frying pan (I use my cast-iron
frying pan) over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the steaks, moving
them with tongs a little so they don't stick to the bottom, for 2 minutes per side or
until brown and crisp on the outside. NOTE: Steak will be partially cooked - do not
overcook. Remove from heat and refrigerate steak, covered, until well chilled, about 1
In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt
butter. Add shallot or green onions and garlic; sauté approximately 3 minutes or until
slightly softened. Add mushrooms, thyme, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook,
stirring, until mushrooms are lightly browned and their liquid is evaporated. Remove from
heat and transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl to cool completely; set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out east
puff pastry into two (14-inch) squares. Trim edges to form two (13-inch) squares and cut
each square into four (6 1/2-inch) squares. NOTE: Work with one sheet of puff pastry at a
time, keeping the unused pastry covered with a damp cloth so it won't dry out (once it
starts to dry out, it is impossible to work with).
Working with one square of puff pastry at a
time (keeping other covered), spread 1/8th of mushroom mixture on the pastry, leaving a
1/2-inch edge on all sides. Place chilled steak in the center of the mushroom mixture;
pressing it down gently. Wrap two opposite corners of puff pastry over the steak, overlapping them. Seal seam with egg wash.
Wrap remaining two corners of pastry over steak and seal with egg wash. Wrap the pastry up over the steak and seal the edges.
Place seam-side down on a non-stick baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg wash. Repeat with remaining 7 steaks.
Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
NOTE: Decorations for the Beef Wellingtons using the scraps from the puff pastry.
Cut pastry into shapes with a cookie cutter or cut into leaf shapes with a knife and "glue" to the top of each Beef Wellington with some of the egg wash.
Brush top of decoration with additional egg wash.
When ready to bake, brush top and sides of
each Beef Wellington with some remaining egg wash. Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until pastry is golden and the internal
temperature of the meat registers 120°F. Use a
meat thermometer to test for doneness. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
What constitutes rare and medium-rare cooked meat? To satisfy government home economists, the Beef
Council says rare beef means an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Well, that is ok if you like well-done and dry meat. If you like moist, rosy meat (like I do),
rare begins at 120 degrees and starts to become medium rare at 125 or 130 degrees. To cook your meat properly, you must purchase and use a good instant-read digital
is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers
asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the
Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the
Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world. To learn more about this excellent
thermometer and to also purchase one (if you desire), just click on the underlined:
Residual Heat or Carry-Over Cooking: Remember, the steak will continue to cook as it sets. The
temperature will rise to 125 degrees F. to 130 degrees F. internal temperature (medium rare) at 15 to 20 minutes. So, pay attention to how long you let the cooked
steak sit before serving.
Residual Heat Definition:
Carry-over cooking is caused by residual heat transferring from the hotter exterior of the meat to the cooler center. As a
general rule, the larger and thicker the cut of meat, and the higher the cooking temperature, the more residual heat will be
in the meat, and the more the internal temperature will rise during resting due to carry-over cooking. This means the meat
must be removed from the heat at an internal temperature lower than your desired final internal temperature, allowing the
residual heat to finish the cooking.
While Beef Wellington are baking, prepare
Peppercorn Sauce. To serve, spoon some of the Peppercorn Sauce on each individual plate.
Place one Beef Wellington in the center. Drizzle a little more sauce over the top and
garnish with a dill sprig.
Makes 8 servings.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped shallot or green onions
2 tablespoon crushed
1/2 cup brandy
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
In a medium frying pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add shallot or green onions, green peppercorns and saute until
onions are soft. Add brandy and cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add cream and simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and dill.