Monday, August 22, 2011

Mini Beef Wellingtons



I have been wanting to do Beef Wellington for quite some time now, but have been a bit nervous about trying. Maybe it is all of the times that I have listened to Chef Ramsey scream at chefs for cooking them incorrectly. I guess I am afraid he will pop out of my pantry and tell me to GET OUT!

So when I saw Claire Robinson make a version of them on her 5 Ingredient Fix I thought to myself If it can be done with 5 ingredients I have got to be able to do it. Plus they just looked so cute and tasty. I printed out the recipe and started thinking in my mind of the things I would like to add to those 5 ingredients to add some extra flavor and make it my own.

I was worried that Kevin was going to think I was crazy (well crazier than usual) when I announced that I was making an "appetizer dinner", but when he heard that I was making the Mini Wellingtons he was right on board with me. Like I have said, he LOVES red meat.

This recipe is a bit pricey since I used beef tenderloin but I wanted to have the right texture for the meat. It was amazing! You could just take a bite and the meat melted in your mouth. I even ate one cold for breakfast the next day. It is definitely a dish I will be making again. Plus now I have the courage to try the real deal. Chef Ramsey.....LOOK OUT!!



Mini Beef Wellingtons

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 24 (1-inch) cubes
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 bag of baby spinach, chopped
4 ounces Feta cheese
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the beef dry with a paper towel and season all sides with salt and pepper. Quickly sear the beef on two sides only until deep golden brown, about 4 minutes total, do not overcook. Transfer to a plate to cool

Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until they begin to brown and release liquid, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and continue cooking until mushroom mixture dries out, is golden brown, and the shallots are soft, about 10 minutes.Remove from heat and cool.

On a work surface, roll 1 sheet of puff pastry to a 10 by 14-inch rectangle. Put a small pile of chopped spinach on the pastry, evenly spacing the piles in 4 rows of three. Add crumbled feta cheese to each pile and a teaspoon sized mounds of the mushroom mixture . Top the mushroom mixture with a piece of beef. With a sharp knife, cut the pastry into even squares around each mound. Working 1 at a time, pull 2 opposite sides of the pastry up and over each beef piece, then fold the ends over the top to make a packet. Invert and arrange the packets seam side down on the baking sheet and press them slightly to seal the pastry. Repeat.

Bake the Wellingtons until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven to a serving platter and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.


18 comments:

  1. Oh. My. My family is going to be all over this meal. Beef in puff pastry? What's not to love.

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  2. Exactly!! I hope you enjoy them

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  3. Okay Miss Bobbi... these look fantastic! I've got the same fear of Chef Ramsey popping out of my pantry! LOL!! You've given me the strength to give the tiny beef wellingtons a try, I thank you and so does my hubby!!

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  4. That man can make the strong fearful! I know you will love them :)

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  5. What a quite idea... I have a recipe I like and my wife has one she likes... My wheels are spinning, never thought to just make small separate!

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  6. There you go! I am excited about experimenting now.

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  7. I like my beef rare, should I adjust any of the timing?

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  8. With the minis it is pretty difficult to do them rare and get the pastry done but I like my meat rare as well and they were very tender and flavorful.

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  9. WOW. These look amazing. My husband made the full version for New Years Day dinner. I would never attempt such a dish and it was a-maz-ing. But THESE I could certainly handle and they look delicious. I am adding these to my Superbowl Menu! Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. Oh I am so glad I could inspire you. They really are a great appetizer!!

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  10. I love beef wellington but haven't had it in ages. Will be trying this very soon, yum!

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    1. Awesome Joan!!! I think you will love them!

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  11. Those look adorable!!!!!! My family would gobble them up in minutes!!!!

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    1. I know mine did Minnie LOL I think I might make these again soon!!

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  12. Approximately how many servings?

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    1. If you are able to get 24 cubes from your beef it will give you 24 mini wellingtons

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  13. Thank you very much. I made these last night and they came out awesome! My family loved them :)

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    1. That is great!! I am so glad you liked them and thank you so much for letting me know. It makes me smile when I know people are enjoying my recipes!!

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