Beef Wellington Turnover

A Beef Wellington Turnover is a delightful twist on the classic Beef Wellington, combining the rich flavors of beef, mushrooms, and puff pastry in a convenient hand-held form. Perfect for elegant appetizers or a unique main course, this recipe is sure to impress your guests. Here’s how you can make Beef Wellington Turnovers:

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (such as cremini or button mushrooms)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup pâté (optional)

For the Assembly:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Beef:
    • Season the beef tenderloin with salt and black pepper. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Sear the beef on all sides until browned. Remove from the pan and let it cool.
  2. Prepare the Mushroom Duxelles:
    • In the same skillet, add chopped mushrooms, garlic, and thyme. Cook until the mushrooms release their moisture and become golden brown. Remove excess liquid.
    • Blend the mushroom mixture to a coarse paste. This is known as mushroom duxelles.
  3. Coat the Beef:
    • Brush the cooled beef with Dijon mustard. Optionally, spread a layer of pâté over the beef.
  4. Wrap in Mushroom Duxelles:
    • Spread a layer of mushroom duxelles over the beef.
  5. Roll in Puff Pastry:
    • Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface. Place the beef in the center and wrap it with the puff pastry, sealing the edges.
  6. Chill:
    • Chill the wrapped beef in the refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the pastry to firm up.
  7. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  8. Brush with Egg Wash:
    • Brush the puff pastry with beaten egg for a golden finish.
  9. Bake:
    • Place the Beef Wellington Turnover on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the beef reaches your desired level of doneness.
  10. Rest and Slice:
    • Allow the Beef Wellington Turnover to rest for a few minutes before slicing. This helps the juices redistribute.
  11. Serve:
    • Serve the Beef Wellington Turnover slices on a platter, and enjoy the layers of flavors.

Tips:

  • Customize the Filling: Feel free to customize the filling by adding ingredients like caramelized onions, spinach, or different types of mushrooms for additional depth of flavor.
  • Puff Pastry Tips: Work quickly with puff pastry to prevent it from becoming too soft. If it becomes too warm, you can chill it again before baking.
  • Make-Ahead: You can prepare the Beef Wellington Turnover up to the point of chilling and then bake it just before serving.

This Beef Wellington Turnover recipe offers a convenient way to enjoy the elegance of a classic Beef Wellington in a hand-held form. Whether served as a holiday appetizer or a unique main course, this dish is sure to make a statement at your table.