Published November 1, 2001.
Is this dinosaur of a recipe worth making at home? If you like flaky—not soggy—pastry wrapped around perfectly pink, flavorful beef, the answer is an enthusiastic yes.
Beef Wellington, which can be a delectable treat, is notoriously difficult to make and often ends up as a pallid, dry roast, covered in soggy pastry and overcooked paté, served with either a thin or thick, clumpy gravy.
Wellington worthy of the time and cost--tender, flavorful beef encased in earthy mushrooms, rich paté, and a flaky pastry, napped by a rich, glossy sauce.
Dry-age and sear the right cut of beef, cover with duxelles (finely chopped and sautéed mushrooms) and paté, then assemble and bake on the lowest rack of a very hot oven to prevent a soggy bottom crust. Use a package of oxtails and a decent bottle of wine for the sauce, and follow the work-ahead timeline to pull it all off in time for dinner.list of recipes