Mark Moriarty's Beef Wellington

Base elements: 

  • Place a pan on the heat and wait until it is smoking hot. Add some oil, season the meat, then brown the beef fillet all over, as quickly as possible.  
  • Chill in the fridge 
  • In a separate pan, add the butter and cook the shallot and garlic over a medium heat until soft. 
  • Add the mushroom mix and increase the heat. Cook out until all the liquid has evaporated, stirring constantly.  
  • As the mix turns dark brown, add the alcohol and allow to reduce completely. 
  • Finish with the chopped herbs, salt, ground pepper and some lemon juice. Chill in fridge 

Stage 1 of build: 

  • Roll a sheet of clingfilm on a bench. 
  • Place the crepes down first, overlapping. 
  • Add the mushrooms and spread an even layer, approx. 1cm thick, don’t spread to the edge of the crepes, leave about an inch. 
  • Place the browned beef fillet in the middle  
  • Roll the crepes over everything, into a cylinder shape, us the clingfilm to tighten the roll. 
  • Continue rolling the clingfilm around to tighten the  roll into a sausage shape, twist both ends around and place in the fridge for 1 hour to set. 

Stage 2 of build: 

  • Roll a sheet of clingfilm on the bench. 
  • Place a sheet of puff pastry on the clingfilm  
  • Remove the beef roll from its clingfilm, it will hold in a sausage shape, and place on the puff pastry 
  • Brush the exterior of the puff with egg yolk 
  • Roll the puff over the beef roll in the same way as before, making sure to tighten the ends and leave no holes. Roll the clingfilm to tighten and return to the fridge to set for an hour 

Stage 3 of build: 

  • Remove the pastry and beef roll from the clingfilm. 
  • Brush all over with egg yolk and dry 
  • Brush a second layer with egg yolk and dry 
  • Decorate the wellington using cutters or simply by scoring the pastry with a knife. Its now ready for the oven. 

Cooking: 

  • Option 1: Bake at 220c for 22mins and rest for 10mins before carving 
  • Option 2: Place a probe into the centre of the beef, cook till core temp of 36c, remove from oven and allow to rest until the temp reaches 52c.
  • Carve 

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Recipe Information

Serves
4

Ingredients

  • 1kg roll beef fillet, trimmed  
  • 3 large crepes  
  • 4 shallots, finely diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced 
  • 30 button/chestnut/mixed mushrooms, blitzed to fine crumb 
  • 100ml madeira/brandy 
  • 30g butter 
  • Large handful parsley, chopped 
  • Large handful tarragon, chopped 
  • 500g sheet puff pastry