Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pat and Elly's individual Wellies!

This is our variation on a Beef Wellington recipe, done as individual parcels (because Walt doesn't like mushrooms, and Pat only had steaks in!)


1 packet of chestnut mushrooms (crimini mushrooms to the Americans!)
1 white onion
1 pack of puff pastry (ready made and ready to roll)
1 fillet steak per person
1 garlic clove or 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
Olive oil
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water for the egg wash.
Green beans

  1. Pan sear the steak for 5 minutes on each side in a little olive oil then place in 230C/450F oven for 10 minutes, remove from the oven then let it come to room temp in the pan.
  2. Sautee a finely chopped white onion in a little olive oil, with a little garlic and salt to taste for 3-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent, then set to one side.
  3. Sautee some finely chopped chestnut (crimini - US translation!) mushrooms in butter until the liquid dissipates and set to one side.
  4. Do the same with the sliced mushrooms, keep separate and set to one side.
  5. All of this can be done using the same frying pan!

  1. Lay a square of puff pastry (suitable to the size of the steak - we had about 3 -4 inches over on each side for folding) on a lightly floured surface.
  2. Add a single layer of chopped mushroms.
  3. Place the steak on top of the chopped mushrooms.
  4. Add a layer of chopped onions.
  5. Add a layer of sliced mushrooms.
  6. Fold the edges of the pastry up and around the parcel (ensure there are no gaps or piercings in the pastry!) and use the egg wash to help the sides stick.
  7. Place the parcels seam side down on a baking sheet and brush with the egg wash.
  8. Bake in a 450f oven for 30 minutes or until brown and crisp on top.
  9. Serve with vegetables (we had green beans) and a potato if you wish.

Here are the layers for you to see:

The finished wellies!

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