A Festive Twist: The Perfect Christmas Cracker Beef Wellington

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a mouthwatering main course? Get ready to impress your guests with this showstopping Christmas cracker beef Wellington recipe. It’s a twist on the classic dish that will leave everyone wanting more.

Unleash the Flavors: A Step-by-Step Guide

Let’s dive into the process of creating this culinary masterpiece.

  1. Begin by blitzing porcini mushrooms into a fine dust using a food processor. Season the dust and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Rub this flavorful paste all over the beef fillet.

Beef Wellington

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and sear the beef for 6-8 minutes, making sure to brown it evenly. Once done, set it aside to cool while you prepare the filling.

  2. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and cook shallots and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add watercress and stir until it wilts. Transfer this mixture to a food processor and add Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Pulse until everything is well combined.

  3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to approximately 35 x 45cm. Ensure it’s large enough to fully encase the beef. With a long side facing you, spread the watercress mixture across the middle third of the pastry, leaving a 3cm border at the long edges and 12cm at the short edges. Place the beef at the bottom of the watercress mixture and brush the uncovered pastry with beaten egg.

  4. Roll up the pastry with the beef inside, pressing where the pastry meets to seal it. Transfer the Wellington to a lined baking tray, ensuring the seal is at the bottom. Pinch and twist the ends of the pastry to create a cracker shape. Brush the entire Wellington with egg wash. Trim 1-2cm from the ends and reroll the offcuts. Use a cutter to create snowflake shapes and place them on top of the Wellington. Brush once more with egg wash and sprinkle the center with poppy seeds. Chill the Wellington for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C, and place a large baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Put the beef Wellington tray on top of the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Then, reduce the oven temperature to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C, and cook for an additional 20 minutes for medium-rare (or 25-30 minutes for medium). The pastry should be puffed and golden. Allow the Wellington to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

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The Art of Freezing and Defrosting

Got leftovers? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

You can freeze an uncooked, assembled Wellington. To ensure optimum flavor and quality, it’s best to use frozen items within 3 months of their freezing date. Remember to always defrost and heat thoroughly before serving. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, check out our article on Love Your Freezer.

So, bring some festive cheer to your table this Christmas with this incredible beef Wellington recipe! For more delicious inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ and explore our range of mouthwatering recipes.

Happy cooking, and may your holidays be filled with joy and delicious food.