A Romantic Dinner for Two: Beef Wellington

Fillet of Beef in Puff Pastry
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Ratings (23)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1117 Calories
65g Fat
57g Carbs
72g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65g 84%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 289mg 96%
Sodium 671mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 72g
Calcium 45mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are few dishes more elegant than beef Wellington. Classic beef Wellington is made with a single, large tenderloin of beef. This easy recipe for individual Wellingtons for two people combines filet mignon and mushroom duxelles wrapped in puff pastry, which is then baked. This recipe omits the traditional inclusion of foie gras.

Beef Wellington is also surprisingly easy to make if prepped a day in advance and then slid into the oven and baked for 30 minutes. It's perfect for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day. 

This recipe is easy, but it does involve several steps. It looks like a million bucks and tastes like heaven.

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 filets mignon, 1-inch thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons mushroom duxelles
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Steps to Make It

Cook the Filets

  1. Filets are often irregular in shape. If yours are, use a piece of kitchen twine to tie them into a round. 

  2. Season filets generously with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and swirl in pan to melt.

  4. Cook the filets on both sides for about 3 minutes until well-browned, then brown the edges. Regularly check the internal temperature of the filets. They should not be cooked past 120 F at the center because they will continue to cook in the oven (see the note below).

  5. Allow filets to cool, then wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

Assemble and Cook the Dish

  1. Make the mushroom duxelles.

  2. Spread the mushrooms over the filets.

  3. Heat the oven to 400 F.

  4. Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash.

  5. Wrap the filets in puff pastry.

  6. Brush with egg wash, place on a sheet pan and bake in the center of the oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.​

Note: The filets are deliberately undercooked and then chilled to prevent them from overcooking in the final step. They should come out of the oven medium-rare after the final baking. If you don't have a digital instant-read thermometer and digital probe thermometer, you need them. They are relatively cheap and essential to properly cook meat.