Truffle Beef Wellington for Two

September 7, 2012

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A recipe for Beef Wellington needs little introduction. I have always wanted to make this elegant dish beloved by fine chefs around the world, so I decided my fiancé’s birthday was the perfect occasion to serve this impressive meal. Beef Wellington traditionally combines beef tenderloin, mushroom duxelles, and foie gras wrapped in flaky, buttery puff pastry and baked up to perfection. For my recipe, I decided to substitute truffle butter for fois gras and the results were sensational. If you like the distinctive smell and taste of truffle, this meal will be such a treat.

Most recipes for Beef Wellington use a 3-pound of beef tenderloin that serves up to 8 people. For this occasion, I needed a recipe for 2 so I made individual Beef Wellingtons with two 6-0ounce filet mignons. Most of the recipes I found for “Individual Beef Wellington” were pretty basic, so I decided to take matters in my own hands and put together my own recipe for the meal. The results were incredible and my fiancé raved for days about his special birthday meal. I served the beef with sautéed broccolini and baby potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary. This meal is perfect for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Anniversaries or Birthdays. The best part is you can assemble everything early in the day, refrigerate it, and take it out 30 minutes before you are ready to serve. This is a guaranteed way to impress that special someone!

Truffle Beef Wellingtons for Two

Ingredients

Main
2 (6-ounce) filet mignons, about 1 1/2″ thick
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
8 thin slices of prosciutto
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons white truffle butter
One-quarter (17 1/4-ounce package) frozen puff pastry (about a 1/2 sheet), thawed
1/2 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water for an egg wash

Mushroom Duxelles
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only
5 ounces button mushrooms, wiped clean, stemmed, and finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Wine Sauce
1 cup Madeira wine
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves
1 cup beef or veal stock
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper

Directions

First, make the Mushroom Duxelles and set aside:
Add mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and thyme to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and mushroom mixture and saute for 8 – 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool before using.

 

Next, begin assembling the Wellingtons:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Season both sides of each filet with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.

Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef filets and sear for 1 minute on each side for medium-rare. When the beef is seared, remove from heat, and smear the beef with truffle butter. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.

Meanwhile set out your prosciutto on 2 sheets of plastic wrap (plastic needs to be big enough so you can wrap each filet in it) on top of your cutting board. Shingle the prosciutto on each sheet so it forms a rectangle that is big enough to encompass each entire filet of beef.

Using a rubber spatula cover evenly with a thin layer of duxelles. Season the surface of the duxelles with salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.

Once beef has cooled slightly, roll it in the duxelles-covered prosciutto using the plastic wrap to tie it up tightly. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap to seal the beef completely and hold it in a nice log shape. Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to ensure it maintains its shape.

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface  and cut half of it into two 7-inch squares.

Remove the beef from the refrigerator and cut off the plastic wrap. Place one filet, in the center of a puff pastry square.

Using a pastry brush or your finger, paint the inside edges of the pastry with egg wash. Fold the pastry over the filet as though wrapping a package and press the edges to seal. Place the packages seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the egg wash over the tops and sides of each package, add some coarse salt.

If desired, affix dough garnishes with egg wash. For a simple decoration, roll dough bits into a long, thin spaghetti like string and make swirls on each Wellington.

Bake until the pastry is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 20 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, make the wine sauce:
In a saucepan, bring Madeira, shallots, and thyme to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until only 1/3 cup remains. Add the stock; continue to reduce, over medium heat, until slightly thickened. Whisk in the butter. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Remove Beef Wellingtons from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Place the Beef Wellingtons in the center of 4 large plates, and accompany with the Madeira wine sauce and vegetables of choice.


Truffle Beef Wellington for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2
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A decadent meal for traditional beef wellington for two, with a dab of truffle butter for added richness.
Ingredients
  • Main
  • 2 (6-ounce) filet mignons, about 1½″ thick
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 thin slices of prosciutto
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white truffle butter
  • One-quarter (17¼-ounce package) frozen puff pastry (about a ½ sheet), thawed
  • ½ large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water for an egg wash
  • Mushroom Duxelles
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 5 ounces button mushrooms, wiped clean, stemmed, and finely chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Wine Sauce
  • 1 cup Madeira wine
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves
  • 1 cup beef or veal stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. First, make the Mushroom Duxelles and set aside. Add mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and thyme to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and mushroom mixture and saute for 8 – 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool before using.
  2. Next, begin assembling the Wellingtons. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Season both sides of each filet with ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper.
  4. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef filets and sear for 1 minute on each side for medium-rare. When the beef is seared, remove from heat, and smear the beef with truffle butter. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile set out your prosciutto on 2 sheets of plastic wrap (plastic needs to be big enough so you can wrap each filet in it) on top of your cutting board. Shingle the prosciutto on each sheet so it forms a rectangle that is big enough to encompass each entire filet of beef.
  6. Using a rubber spatula cover evenly with a thin layer of duxelles. Season the surface of the duxelles with salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.
  7. Once beef has cooled slightly, roll it in the duxelles-covered prosciutto using the plastic wrap to tie it up tightly. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap to seal the beef completely and hold it in a nice log shape. Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to ensure it maintains its shape.
  8. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut half of it into two 7-inch squares.
  9. Remove the beef from the refrigerator and cut off the plastic wrap. Place one filet, in the center of a puff pastry square.
  10. Using a pastry brush or your finger, paint the inside edges of the pastry with egg wash. Fold the pastry over the filet as though wrapping a package and press the edges to seal. Place the packages seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the egg wash over the tops and sides of each package, add some coarse salt.
  11. If desired, affix dough garnishes with egg wash. For a simple decoration, roll dough bits into a long, thin spaghetti like string and make swirls on each Wellington.
  12. Bake until the pastry is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, about 20 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile, make the wine sauce. In a saucepan, bring Madeira, shallots, and thyme to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until only ⅓ cup remains. Add the stock; continue to reduce, over medium heat, until slightly thickened. Whisk in the butter. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  14. Remove Beef Wellingtons from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  15. Place the Beef Wellingtons in the center of 4 large plates, and accompany with the Madeira wine sauce and vegetables of choice.

 

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  • http://www.frenchspoon.blogspot.fr French spoon

    This is one of the best ways of cooking meat, because it keeps the meat juicy, as we can see on the pictures, thank you for the recipe!

    • Janelle

      Yes the puff pastry is the key and cooked it beautifully! I can’t wait to make it again 😉

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