Sunday, November 8, 2009

Beef Wellington with Bordelaise Sauce

Here is the Beef Wellington that I tackled tonight.  It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it. 

Beef Wellington
Simply Recipes

1 lb beef tenderloin fillet
Salt and pepper
Canola, grapeseed, or olive oil
1 lb mushrooms (half cremini, half shittake)
4 thin slices ham (Parma ham if you can get it) or prosciutto
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
7 ounces puff pastry (needs 3 hours to defrost in refrigerator if using frozen)
2 egg yolks, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large pan on high heat.  Season the fillet generously with salt and pepper.  Sear the fillet in the pan on all sides until well browned (hint: do not move the fillet until it has had a chance to brown).  Remove the fillet from the pan and let cool.  Once cooled, brush the fillet on all sides with mustard.  Chop the mushrooms put them into a food processor and puree.  Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat.  Scrape the mushroom puree into the pan and let cook down, allowing the mushrooms to release their moisture.  When the moisture released by the mushrooms has boiled away, set aside the mushrooms to cool.  Roll out a large piece of plastic wrap.  Lay out the slices of ham on the plastic wrap so that they overlap.  Spread the mushroom misture over the ham.  Place the beef fillet in the middle and roll the mushroom and ham over the fillet, using the plastic wrap so that you do this tightly.  Wrap up the beef fillet into a tight barrel shape, twisting the ends of the plastic wrap to secure.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet to a size that will wrap around the beef fillet.  Unwrap the fillet from the plastic wrap and place in the middle of the pastry dough.  Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten eggs.  Fold the pastry around the fillet, cutting off any excess at the ends (pastry that is more than 2 layers thick will not cook all the way, try to limit the overlap).  Place a  small plate, seam side down, and brush beaten egg yolks all over the top.  Chill for 5-10 minutes.  Place the pastry-wrapped fillet on a baking pan.  Brush the exposed surface again with beaten eggs.  Scor the top of the pastry with a sharp knife, not going all the way through the pastry.  Sprinkle the top with course salt.  Bake for 25-35 minutes.  The pastry should be nicely golden when done.  (To ensure that your roast is medium rare, test with an instant read meat thermometer.  Pull out at 125-130 degrees for medium rare.)  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice in 1-inch thick slices.

Bordelaise Sauce

In a heavy 1 quart saucepan over low heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter.  Add 1 tablespoon minced onion until tender.  Stir in 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour; cook until lightly browned.  Add 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.  Slowly stire in one 10-1/2 ounce can condensed beef broth, 1/2 cup red wine, and 1/4 cup water.  Increase heat to medium-high' cook mixture, stirring constantly, until sauce boils and thickens.

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