ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Quick & Easy Recipes

Poor Mans Beef Wellington Recipe

Updated on June 17, 2014

Simple Beef Wellington Recipe

Fast and Easy Beef Wellington
Fast and Easy Beef Wellington | Source

How To Make Beef Wellington

I first heard about beef wellington on chef Gordon Ramsay's reality TV series, Hell's Kitchen and was instantly intrigued because, if you want to get my attention, all you have to do is mention boats or mushrooms. While there are no boats utilized in the cooking of beef wellington, there are mushrooms.

Real Beef Wellington

This is what real beef wellington looks like
This is what real beef wellington looks like | Source

What Is Beef Wellington Anyway?

Beef Wellington is a hunk of meat, usually filet steak, coated with a pate and duxelles, wrapped in puff pastry and baked. It looks and sounds delicious so I wanted to make my own version of it, only problem was I had no idea what duxelles was.

What is Duxelles?

Duxelles is a chef term for a finely chopped mixture of mushrooms, onions, shallots and various herbs which is the sautéed in butter, and reduced to form a paste.

What is Pate?

Also a paste but it's made from ground meat and fat. In my own not-quite beef wellington recipe here, I didn't use any form of pate at all.

Ingredients for Faux Beef Wellington

  • 100% All Beef Hotdogs
  • Premade Crescent Roll Pastry
  • Mushrooms, Porcini
  • Onion, White or red are my favorite
  • Thyme, Fresh is best but dried works too
  • Shallots

Note About Crescent Rolls

To be honest, I've never like any of the pre-made crescent roll pastries that I've tried so I think this will be the last attempt at making them work for me. In this recipe I wish I had used my pre-made favorite pie crust or even one of those pre-made pizza crusts in a can. The crescent rolls are too buttery(?) and I don't really like their consistency nor their flavor.

Cultural Side Note: If you live outside of the United States, in Australia for example, you might be thinking "What the hell is he talking about with this pre-made pie crust in a can mumbo-jumbo?'" Well, my dear Aussie friends, here in the good ol' US of A, they have tins of already made pie crusts, pizza dough bases and croissants. Oh and biscuits too which we Down Under call scones.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Hot-Dogs. I love hot-dogs (even though I rarely eat meat anymore thanks to living on a boat with no refrigeration and that Forks Over Knives documentary didn't help either). Although these dogs come pre-cooked and you could even eat them cold if you like, I think you get the best flavor out of them by giving them a little char. So heat up a non-stick saucepan and drop the dogs in, rolling them around until they get some color on them. You could do the same thing under the broiler but then you would miss the fun of rolling those little logs around in the pan.
  2. Prepare the Duxelles. In the same pan that you used to brown the hot-dogs, add the diced porcini mushrooms, shallots and onions. Add salt, pepper and thyme, preferable fresh and also diced. The salt will help draw the water out and aid in drying the mixture into a paste. Use a dollop of butter to saute them. Keep cooking until all of the liquid has been reduced away and the mixture becomes an almost thick consistency.
  3. Put the duxelles aside to cool.
  4. Prepare the Puff Pastry. Open the tin of pre-made pastry ad roll it out so that you can put the hot-dogs inside.
  5. You might have to cut the hot-dogs to a shorter length to make them fin inside the pasty or you could leave them open ended and roll them up like pigs in a blanket. But don't put the hot-dogs in the pastry just yet.
  6. Once the duxelles has cooled, spoon and spread it onto the pastry, covering one side completely. That is the bed for your dog.
  7. Now take the hot-dogs and lay it down on the duxelles covered pastry and roll them closed, ideally, completely covering the dogs.
  8. Put the now formed poor man's beef wellington on a baking sheet or a tinfoil sheet and pop them in the oven. You probably won't need to spray the tinfoil sheet with oil because those canned pastries usually have a lot of fat in them and they don't stick to too much. When the pastry is brown and golden delicious, remove them from the oven and eat.

Rate This Recipe

Cast your vote for Poor Mans Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is Best Served With

The best way to enjoy Poor Man's Beef Wellington is with asparagus, carrots, artichoke or brussels sprouts. Roasted potatoes also pair nicely with this dish or with absolutely nothing at all. Great finger food and ideal hors d'oeuvres for your next party, these are different enough to get everyone asking what they are. Also good road food for when you travel, especially road trips because you can eat them cold as well.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)