Alternative titles for today’s post were “how not to eat on a budget”, or “how to eat away your hard earned savings”.
You’ll see why in a minute.
I take my inspiration for meals from many sources. Blogs, recipe books, cooking magazines, TV shows….you get the idea.
But on this particular occasion, the idea came from Mr BBB. For, while wandering the local shops I posed the all important question of what he would like for dinner. Without hesitation he responded “Beef Wellington”.
Hmmm. Could I do it? Could I make it wheat free?
In a croquembouche-challenge-kinda-way, I decided to give it a go.
First – the pastry. Not feeling so inspired as to attempt my own GF puff pastry, I cheated and bought this packet instead.
But with a price tag of almost $10, my wallet was already feeling light.
Next – a good piece of beef fillet.
Yup, at almost $30, my wallet was again feeling the pinch.
But I returned home, determined to make the most of our expensive ingredients.
I started by browning the seasoned beef fillet in butter, then allowed it to cool in the fridge.
I also sautéed some diced mushrooms (again in butter!) and combined these with pate to form a paste of sorts.
After a couple hours of the beef cooling, I got to work creating the Beef Wellington itself.
Pastry & beef…
Topped with the mushrooms and pate..
Enclosed by another sheet of pastry.
And made pretty with some ‘leaves’ fashioned out of the extra pastry. Brushed with beaten egg.
I cooked the beef for around 40 minutes, and was rather pleased with the golden brown result.
My only sadness was that it didn’t have the ‘puff’ of regular puff pastry. An issue with GF baking I suppose.
It was, however, a rather grand sight sitting on our kitchen bench.
And made for a lovely dinner nonetheless.
Served with mashed potato and steamed peas and carrots.
While the pasty was lacking puff, the beef fillet itself was simply divine. Although I couldn’t help but feeling “it ought to be” given its price tag.
Would I make this again? Probably not – but it was a fun little challenge. I’m just not convinced that it was worth the $$
What about you? Are you a fan of Beef Wellington?