Beef Wellington

Ingredients to serve 6

1kg piece of the best beef fillet you can find
Salt and pepper
20g butter
1 garlic clove
1 sprig of thyme
200g wild mushrooms, cleaned
1 teaspoon truffle oil
Small pinch of chopped parsley
1 Savoy cabbage
200g foie gras (optional)
500g block of all-butter puff pastry
1 egg, to glaze

Few are they who don't get excited about this dish. Ruby-red beef fillet with earthy mushrooms and indulgent foie gras in a shield of crisp puff pastry. Leave out the foie gras if you think it's too much.

Season the fillet liberally. Heat a large pan and, when hot, quickly brown the beef on all sides. Remove from the pan, put on a plate, allow to cool then put into the fridge to chill.

Melt the butter in a small pan. Crush the garlic and add to the pan with the thyme. Finely chop the mushrooms, add to the pan and fry until lightly browned, then season and stir in the truffle oil and parsley. Set aside to chill.

Pull off the outer leaves of the cabbage and cut out the thick middle stem. Blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes, then remove and plunge into cold water. Drain, squeeze out excess moisture and lay the leaves out, overlapping, so they are big enough to wrap the fillet. Spread the mushrooms over the middle. Slice the foie gras, if using, and lay on top. Finally put the fillet on top and wrap the leaves round it. Make sure there are no gaps (this helps keep the juices away from the pastry). Place in the fridge to firm up.

Roll the pastry into a rectangle large enough to cover the whole fillet. Place the fillet in the middle and wrap one side of the pastry right over so it meets the other side. Crimp the edges all round. Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set the pastry. Beat an egg with a pinch of salt and brush all over to glaze it.

Heat the oven to 200C. Heat a large baking tray to hot, then place the Wellington directly on it. The pastry will take about 30 minutes to cook. To serve the beef rare will take about 40 minutes, so turn the oven down to 180C after 20 minutes so the pastry doesn't burn. If you like it well done, add 20 minutes to the cooking time. Remove and rest the Wellington for 15 minutes somewhere warm. Slice and serve.

Taken from 'The Fabulous Baker Brothers' (Headline, £20).

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    SFL Group: Video Project Manager

    £24,000 pa, plus benefits: SFL Group: Looking for a hard-working and self-moti...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel Reservations Assistant - French Speaking

    £16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding travel c...

    Recruitment Genius: Duty Manager - World-Famous London Museum

    £24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you have a strong record of ...

    Recruitment Genius: Personal Assistant

    £24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will have demonstrable unde...

    Day In a Page

    The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

    The saffron censorship that governs India

    Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
    Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

    How did fandom get so dark?

    Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
    The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
    The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

    Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

    Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
    Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

    Disney's mega money-making formula

    'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
    Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

    Lobster has gone mainstream

    Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
    Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

    14 best Easter decorations

    Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
    Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

    Paul Scholes column

    Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
    Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

    The future of GM

    The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
    Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

    Britain's mild winters could be numbered

    Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
    Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

    The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

    The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
    Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

    Cowslips vs honeysuckle

    It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
    Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss