Beef Wellington

Not your typical Beef Wellington -- this recipe is lighter with a lovely taste from the tarragon.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS 

1kg New Zealand Premium Angus Beef Tenderloin Fillet
1 tbsp oil
1 1/4 x 375g packets all-butter puff pastry
Plain flour, for dusting
1 Nature's Best Egg, beaten with a dash of Hokkaido Fresh Milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the topping
Large knob of butter
350g mixed mushrooms (such as button, chestnut, wild), thinly sliced
50g Italian Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, finely grated
1 tbsp finely chopped french tarragon
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Nature's Best Egg yolk

For the tarragon sauce
Small knob of butter
100g button mushrooms, finely sliced
1 tbsp plain flour
400ml full-fat crème fraîche
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp freshly chopped French tarragon
A pinch of sugar

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Place a large frying pan over a high heat, add the oil and fry the beef on all sides until browned. Transfer to a baking tray and roast in the oven for 15–18 minutes. Turn the oven off and remove the beef. Leave to cool, reserving any cooking juices, and then chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour*.
  3. Next make the topping. Melt the butter in the same pan and fry the mushrooms over a high heat for 5–10 minutes – you may need to do this in batches. Tip the mushrooms into a sieve set over a bowl to collect the juices and reserve these for the sauce. Transfer the mushrooms to another bowl and allow to cool before mixing with the Parmesan, tarragon, mustard and egg yolk. Season with salt and pepper and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Sit the single 375g packet of pastry on a floured work surface and roll out to a square about 40cm/16in in size, then transfer it to the baking sheet. Place the cooked beef to one side of the pastry and spoon the mushroom mixture on top. Fold over the ends of the pastry and then fold the longest edge over the beef, sealing along the side with a little of the egg wash. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. While it is chilling, preheat the oven again to 220 C.
  5. Brush the top of the chilled beef Wellington with egg wash. Roll out the remaining 1/4 block of pastry and cut into 8 thin strips: lay 4 strips diagonally, and evenly spaced, across the top of the beef Wellington, and 4 strips across these to create a lattice pattern. Brush the lattice with egg wash and then roast in the oven for 30–35 minutes or until the pastry is golden-brown and crisp.
  6. Meanwhile, make the tarragon sauce. Melt the butter in the same frying pan and fry the mushrooms over a high heat for 5–10 minutes or until the juices evaporate. Sprinkle in the flour and add the crème fraîche with the reserved mushroom juices (from the topping), the mustard and tarragon. Season with salt, pepper and sugar and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer for 3 minutes until reduced slightly and add any beef juices from the original baking tray. Keep hot.
  7. Allow the beef Wellington to rest, covered with foil, for 15 minutes before carving. Slice into thick slices and serve with the hot tarragon sauce.

*For medium, add 5 minutes to the initial roasting time and for well done, add another 5 minutes.

Recipe and Image Credit: Mary Berry

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