Epicurean Encounters

14 May 2018

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Author: Vintage Wine  /  Categories: Epicurean Encounters  /  Rate this article:

Always wanted to make Beef Wellington, but was too lazy to make puff pastry dough from scratch.  My wife doesn't like the typical store bought puff pastry.  I happened to find very good quality puff pastry dough recently.  It is called Durfour.  With good quality puff pastry dough in hand, I decided to make Beef Wellington for Mother's Day.  


I got some beef tenderloin and tied it up so it would keep its tubular shape while cooking.  First I browned it, and then I put it in a zip lock bag and immersed it in a 125F water bath (sous vide) for 2 hours.  After two hours I took it out, cut off the stringst and put it in the refrigerator over night.


I chopped up a ton of mushrooms and sweated it with some shallot and garlic in a frying pan until all the liquid evaporated.  Then I mixed in some pate foie gras.  I laid out some prosciutto slices on top of plastic wrap and put the cooled mushroom/foie gras mixture on top.  Put the beef tenderloin on top and rolled with the plastic wrap.  I tried to make it as tight as possible without the mushroom/foie gras mixture oozing out.  Put it in the refrigerator to keep cool.


Rolled out the puff pastry dough on a floured counter top, unwrapped the beef tenderloin and covered with puff pastry dough.  Added an egg wash to the outside of the pastry dough.  Put it in a 325F convection oven for around 45 minutes.  Checked the temperature of the meat with a thermometer and made sure the  pastry crust was brown.  Took it out, let it rest for 15 minutes and then slice and serve.


For a classic dish like this, I went with a classic wine, 1985 Chateau Margaux.  It was a nice match, but I thought the wine was too earthy even for a dish featuring mushrooms.  A good pairing, but not a perfect match.  Might have gone with something with a little brighter fruit...something younger.  Everyone loved it, especially my wife and my niece.  So mission accomplished.  Happy Mother's Day.



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