The first time I ate this dish I was at a nice hotel, I was also a teenager. I thought it was such a complicated meal to cook, never thought I would learn how to make it to enjoy it more often. I did. Smile!
This is not the meal that you eat often during the year. First, it is too rich in flavors and ingredients and furthermore, it is a bit expensive, since at a restaurant a serving for 2 people cost approximately $95.00 to $100, that is, if you can find a restaurant that list it in their menu. Finally, the recipe has a medium-high level of difficulty. But don’t get me wrong, my recipe is uncomplicated and easy to make.
Please give it a try, after all, you owe it to yourself and your loved one and spend quality time together. Yes, you heard me, it will be both of you working happily ever after in your lovely kitchen!
RULES: If he doesn’t cook, have him clean and chop the mushrooms, shallots and garlic and do the dishes. If she is the one who doesn’t cook, then require her to watch him work, with a glass of excellent wine in hand! (You got it, I am bias, and I am also a woman, smile!)
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 40-45 Minutes
Approximate Total Cost: $22.76 or $11.38/serving
2 beef filet 1 ½ to 2” thick each (seasoned with 1 tbsp. olive oil, salt & pepper to taste) ($15.95)
10 baby Bella (or white) ($1.00)
5 cloves of garlic (.30)
1 Shallot chopped (or ½ onion) (.40)
2 tbsp. olive oil (.60)
1 egg (beaten with a tsp. of water to seal the pastry and brush over the pastry) (.20)
1 Puff Pastry Sheet, $4.64 for 2 sheets at Walmart ($2.32)
12 Asparagus ($1.99)
Salt and pepper to taste
Prep/clean the mushrooms and veggies, set aside. Whisk the egg and water, set aside.
Get one sheet of puff pastry and thaw according to package directions. Meantime, season the filet and refrigerate until time to cook.
Clean and steam the asparagus for few minutes keeping them crunchy and bright green and set aside.
In a skillet on med. high add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and sauté the mushrooms, shallot or onion and garlic until golden brown. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Remove the mushroom mix from the skillet and sear the two filet on both sides, they should be medium rare, remove and set aside.
When the pastry is ready, roll it to get a 12x10 rectangular shape about 1/4 " thick.
Cut to pieces.
To assemble the Wellingtons, scoop a couple of tablespoons of the mushroom mix in the middle of the two rectangular pastry sheets and Place the seared filet on top of the mushroom mix.
Fold the pastry into pocket style and seal the edges with egg wash, place the pockets seam side down on a baking pan sprayed with oil.
Make few cuts on top of the pockets to let the steam escape while they bake and garnish with your own artistic extra pieces of pastry on top.
Brush thoroughly with egg wash and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let them rest for 4-5 minutes before serving.
HACK: Save this recipe for a special celebration or perhaps to impress your boss!
ABOUT THE Author
I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.