A little history of Beef Wellington
There can be few more British dishes than Beef Wellington –named for Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, a highly prominent statesman and soldier famous for his
defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.
There are many stories about how Beef Wellington came to bear his name, but the one most often offered is that it was because the finished joint was thought to resemble one of the brown shiny military boots which were named after him. So fond of Beef Wellington was the Duke, that he is said to have requested that it be served at any dinner that he might be hosting.
This recipe comes from some great friends of ours, rather ironically now living in Paris....
|The Beef Wellington Recipe||Serves: 4|
|Preparation time:||30 minutes, plus cooling|
|Cooking time:||35 minutes, plus resting|
|Oven temperature:||200°c/gas 6.|
Ingredients for Beef Wellington
|2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra||2 eggs|
|700g beef fillet||75g plain flour|
|Salt and freshly ground black pepper||75ml semi-skimmed milk|
|300g button mushrooms||500g ready-made puff pastry|
|1 tbsp double cream|
Serving suggestions for Beef Wellington:
Serve Beef Wellington with your favorite potatoes and vegetables. A simple sauce can also be made during the preparation process by reducing 1 cup of red wine with 2 cups of beef or veal stock. Once it reaches a syrup consistency add 1 tablespoon of butter swirled in at the last minute.
How to make your Beef Wellington