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Beef Wellington Pt 1/2

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Category: Beef

 Ingredients List

  • 3 1/2 lb Fillet of beef, larded
  • 4 3/4 c Mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 2 tb Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 lb Pate de foie gras (available
  • -at specialty shops)
  • 1 lb Puff paste (see below) or
  • -thawed frozen
  • 1 lg Egg white, beaten
  • 1 lg Egg yolk beaten with
  • 1 ts Water to make an egg wash
  • 1/2 c Sercial Madeira
  • 2 ts Arrowroot dissolved in
  • 1/8 c Cold water
  • 1/2 c Beef broth
  • 2 tb Finely chopped black
  • -truffles (available at
  • -specialty shops)
  • Watercress for garnish if
  • -desired
  • 5/8 lb All purpose flour
  • 2/3 lb Cold unsalted butter
  • 1 ts Salt


1. In a roasting pan roast the beef in the middle of a preheated 200 =F8C
oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 50 =F8C . Let
the fillet cool completely and discard the larding fat and the strings.
Skim the fat from the pan juices and reserve the pan juices.

2. In a heavy skillet cook the mushrooms in the butter over moderately low
heat, stirring, until all the liquid they give off is evaporated and the
mixture is dry, season them with salt and pepper, and let them dry

3. Spread the fillet evenly with the pate de foie gras, covering the top
and sides, and spread the mushrooms evenly over the pate de foie gras. On a
floured surface roll 450 g of the puff paste into a rectangle about 50x30
cm or large enough to enclose the fillet completely, invert the coated
fillet onto the middle of the dough, and fold up the long sides of the
dough to enclose the fillet, brushing the edges of the dough with some of
the egg white to seal them. Fold the ends of the dough over the fillet and
seal them with the remaining egg white. Transfer the fillet, seam side
down, to a jelly roll pan or shallow roasting pan and brush the dough with
some of the egg wash. Roll out the additional dough and cut out shapes with
decorative cutters. Arrange the cutouts on the dough decoratively, brush
them with the remaining egg wash, and chill the fillet for at least 1 hour
and up to 2 hours.

4. Bake the fillet in the middle of a preheated 200 =F8C oven for 30
minutes, reduce the heat to 180 =F8C and bake the fillet for 5-10 minutes
more, or until a meat thermometer registers 55 =F8C for medium rare meat
and the pastry is cooked through. Let the fillet stand for 15 minutes.

5. In a saucepan boil the reserved pan juices and the Madeira until the
mixture is reduced by one fourth. Add the arrowroot mixture, the broth, the
truffles, and salt and pepper to taste and cook the sauce over moderate
heat, stirring, being careful not to let it boil, for 5 minutes, or until
it is thickened.

6. Loosen the fillet from the pan, transfer it with 2 spatulas to a heated
platter, and garnish it with the watercress. Serve the fillet, cut into 2
cm slices, with the sauce. .SH "PUFF PASTE"

1. In a bowl combine 250 g of the flour, 50 g of the butter, cut into bits,
and the salt and blend the mixture until it resembles meal. Stir in 75 ml
ice water and, if necessary, continue to add water, 1 tablespoon at a time,
until the mixture forms a soft dough. Gather the dough into a ball, form it
into a 13 cm square, and dust it lightly with flour. Chill the dough,
wrapped in wax paper, for 30 minutes, or until it is firm but not hard.

2. In a bowl combine the remaining 250 g butter, cut into bits, with the
remaining 30 g flour and toss the mixture to coat the butter with the
flour. Knead the butter and the flour together and form the mixture into a
rough square. Put the square between sheets of wax paper and with a rolling
pin press it into a 13 cm square. Remove the paper, dust the square well
with flour, and wrap it in another sheet of wax paper. Chill the butter
mixture until it is firm but not hard. (The dough and the butter should be
of equal firmness).

3. Roll the dough into an 20 cm square on a floured surface. Lay the butter
diagonally in the center of the square and roll the four visible corners of
the dough into 15 cm strips. (The dough will form an X around the butter).
Fold each strip of dough over the butter to enclose the butter completely
and turn the dough over, sprinkling the work surface and the dough with
flour. With the rolling pin flatten the dough with uniform impressions and
roll it into a 30x15 cm rectangle. Turn the dough over, brush off any
excess flour, and fold the top third of the rectangle over the center and
the bottom third over the top, forming a rectangle about 15x10 cm

4. Turn the folded dough seam side down so that an open end faces you. With
the rolling pin flatten the dough with uniform impressions. Roll the dough
from the center away from you to within 1 cm of the end. Flatten the ends
gently with uniform impressions but do not roll the pin over the ends ot
the air and butter will be expelled. Reverse the strip on the surface,
flouring the surface as necessary, and again roll the dough from the center
away from

continued in part 2

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