When it comes to meat popularity, nothing beats beef. For a long time, beef has always been a reliable source of protein. But what drives the huge demand for beef? Well, the world enjoys a huge population of cattle. After all, cattle’s give us more than beef. The huge popularity of beef has brought about an assortment of beef categories. Among the most sought-after categories is beef wellington.
This post will equip you with skills to cook your beef wellington like a pro. Before we dwell on the cooking process, you might need some knowledge on the type of meat you are cooking. So, what is beef wellington?
Beef wellington defined
There is no doubt that beef wellington enjoys a huge following. But why? Well, beef wellington is one of the best quality cow meat you can consume. Beef wellington is derived from the central part of a cow’s meat thus it is very tender and juicy. Mostly, this type of meat comprises of beef tenderloin, filet mignon or fillet steaks. Owing to the top-notch quality of this beef, it does not come cheap.
Beef wellington is mostly reserved for holidays and special occasions. It is also important to note that the quality of beef you enjoy is determined by the cattle breed the meat is derived from.
Cooking frozen beef wellington
Since the early 1700s, beef wellington has been in the food scene and has continued to evolve with time. With modernization, numerous recipes have emerged to help you create the ultimate beef wellington. On this post, we will reveal the best recipe which is also adopted by acclaimed chefs and steak houses. With that, let’s get going.
- Beef wellington steak
- Olive oil
- Chesnutt mushrooms (You can add wild mushrooms)
- Fresh thymes
- Puff pastry
- Egg yolks mixed with water
- Dry white wine
Heat the oven to reach gas 7/fan 200C/220C.
Place your beef wellington on a roasting tray and brush with olive oil. Use pepper for seasoning and roast for 20 minutes medium heat or 15 minutes medium-rare. Once the meat is cooked to your satisfaction, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes. Thereafter, place it in the fridge for another 20minutes.
As your beef sits in the fridge, prepare your chestnut mushrooms. Ensure you slice them into fine pieces. You can also use a food processor to prepare your mushrooms. But ensure they have a coarse texture like that of breadcrumbs.
Pour your olive oil and butter in a pan under medium heat and stir fry the mushrooms. Add fresh thyme and allow to cook for around 10 minutes. Once the mixture has become soft, then it is cooked.
Over the cooked mushroom mixture, pour the dry white wine and leave it for about 10 minutes to allow the wine to be absorbed. To check whether the mixture is ready, it ought to retain its original shape. Once the mixture is cooked to your liking, remove the thyme and pour the rest of the mushroom duxelles into a separate bowl.
Arrange your prosciutto on a cling film in an overlapping manner. Lay the mushroom duxelles over the prosciutto. Thereafter, place the beef wellington on top of the mushroom duxelles and on top of the beef, spread another layer of mushroom duxelles.
This is the most technical part of the cooking process. To wrap your prosciutto around the fillet, hold the edges of the cling film and gently roll it to form the shape of a sausage. Allow the beef to settle as you wrap the prosciutto.
Use the flour to dust your work surface and roll out two strips of puff pastry. One strip should be thicker than the other. The thinner strip should be placed on a non-stick baking sheet. Thereafter, unwrap the beef from the cling film and place it on the thin strip.
Apply the egg and water mixture on top and on the sides of the wrapped beef. Also, apply the mixture on the edges of the pastry. Once the egg mixture has been properly applied, use the thicker pastry strip to cover the wrapped beef. For accuracy, use a rolling pin. As you cover the beef, ensure you gently press on the sides to make it airtight. Once the beef is fully covered, trim the edges and seal using a spoon’s edge, or a fork. Be cautious when trimming and sealing the beef to avoid messing up the pastry.
Refrigerate the beef wellington for 30 minutes to 24 hours. Thereafter, apply the egg Yolk mixture and place the beef in the oven for at least 25 to 30 minutes until it turns golden brown. Once cooked, allow it to settle for at least 10minutes before serving. The essence of allowing the beef to settle is to enable it to retain its juices.
Beef wellington is one of the most sophisticated dishes to prepare. However, this does not mean that you cannot prepare this delicacy at home. Getting the process right on your first trial is no easy fete. But with continuous practice and perseverance, you will surely reach the pinnacles of beef wellington masterly.
To cultivate your cooking skills, all you need to do is remember the important techniques behind the dish. Firstly, ensure you apply caution to every step of the cooking process. More to that, make sure you apply the appropriate portions of ingredients. Remember, you might have the techniques but fail to deliver a satisfactory dish. The ingredients to be used will be influenced by the amount of beef you plan to cook. Having learnt how to cook the perfect beef wellington, you should consider sharpening your culinary skills and give your loved ones a reason to smile!
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