Mini Boeuf en Croute

Beef en croute rolling pin

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Sunday night is usually “Sunday Dinner”here – roast of some sort usually with all the trimmings. But we were essentially down to two this Sunday (#2 doesn’t really eat such a load of roast that it warranted cooking a whole ‘family’ joint) So I decided to go back to these delicious mini “Boeuf en Croute”, sometimes referred to as “Tornade en Croute” or more simply “Mini Beef Wellingtons”. Mam and I once went to a 6 week cookery course and these were one of the lovely things we cooked there, accompanied always, as the chef giving the course would always say, by “Basmatic Dressing” – (she meant Balsamic, there was definitely no rice in the dressing!)

These are perfect for a dinner where you have people coming later and you want to relax and have a drink and a chat… they can be prepared in the morning, left in the fridge until ready to cook – then only take 20 / 25 mins to cook.

Ingredients for en Croute

(Serves 4/6)

1 small fillet steak for each person, quartered, or use 5 steaks for 6 people, divide larger steaks into 5

12oz puff pastry

4 oz pate (Brussels, Chicken, whatever you have)

1 egg

1 onion, finely chopped

4 oz button mushrooms, finely chopped

bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • Seal the meat in a hot pan with a little oil, allow to cool. (Don’t over cook, lightly seal or brown)
  • Make up the Duxelle mixture by frying the mushrooms, onions & parsley in pan with a little oil for 8/10 mins. Allow to cool

Duxelle1

  • Roll out the puff pastry, divide into squares approx 3″ X 3″
  • Place a piece of cooled fillet, top with pate, then a teaspoon of duxelle mixture
  • Brush edge with lightly whipped egg

beef en croute assembley

  • Fold two opposite corners in over beef, then other two corners. Prick with a fork, brush with egg wash. Repeat with each piece of meat.

beef en croute pastry

  • Place in fridge until 25 minutes before dinner is being served.
  • Bake for 20/25 minutes at 200C

beef en croute cooked

Balsamic Sauce

10/12 button mushrooms, finely sliced

1/2 pint cream

1/2 glass white wine

2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

  • Fry the sliced mushrooms in butter until nicely brown
  • Pour in the white wine, bring to a simmer and reduce the mixture
  • Add the cream and reduce by half
  • Immediately before you serve, add the Balsamic Vinegar – do not boil the mixture with the vinegar added as it will overpower the sauce. (I usually add one spoon, taste and add more if needed. I have added far too much and have had to ‘neutralize’ it a little with some dark brown sugar)
  • Place the cooked Tornade en Croute on warmed plates and serve with the sauce on the side. Finished beef en croute

I would serve with mini roast potatoes or mixed  roast veg & potatoes – it really does work with everything.

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