Salt-Crusted Mini Beef Wellingtons

By Erin on December 21st, 2013 / / 5 Comments

 

Salt-Crusted Mini Beef Wellingtons 3 | The Hopeless Housewife

I love these so much, I could eat a few for dinner and call it a night! The crystal salt flakes baked on the crust make these Mini Beef Wellingtons even more delicious, and they practically melt in your mouth! The duxelles (finely chopped mushrooms, shallots, herbs and butter) are incredibly flavorful and seems to just melt into the pastry. Did I mention how easy they are? Enjoy!

Salt-Crusted Mini Beef Wellingtons
 
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Serves: Makes 20
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 20 one-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus one teaspoon
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 1 large shallot, chopped finely
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Sea salt crystals
Instructions
  1. Preheat to the oven to 400º F.
  2. Bring tenderloin to room temperature for about 15 minutes. Season the cubes well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, making sure butter doesn't burn. Sear the beef on top and bottom only until a caramelized brown, about 1- ½ minutes per side. Move to a plate and set aside.
  3. Make the duxelles. Working in the same pan, turn to medium heat and add the extra teaspoon of butter, then add the mushrooms and cook until slightly browned and they have released liquid, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and continue cooking until mushroom mixture is almost a paste, and shallots are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Roll out each sheet of puff pastry to about 10 x 14-inches. Lengthwise, cut into four 3½" wide strips then cut into even squares. Spoon about a teaspoon of mushroom mixture on the pastry squares (see pictures below). Place a tenderloin cube over each mound of mushrooms, seared sides will be on the top and bottom. Working from the corners, bring each corner of the pastry up to the top of the meat and pinch them together (see pictures below). Turn each one over and place on baking sheets seam-side down. If you wish, decorate with little pastry cut-outs of leaves, etc or leave plain.
  6. With a pastry brush, brush the egg over the tops of each Wellington. Sprinkle with the sea salt crystals.
  7. Bake the Wellingtons until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

How to construct the mini Wellingtons:

 

Spoon duxelles (mushroom mixture) over each pastry square.

 

 

Bring each corner of the pastry square to the center of the beef.

Make sure all four sides are securely in place.

 

Turn the Wellington over and place on the parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet.

 

Decorate tops if you wish with mini pastry cut-outs, or leave plain. Brush egg over the top.

 

Sprinkle with sea salt crystals…aren’t they beautiful??

 

This is what the tray looks like after they’ve baked. So delicious!

 

Salt-Crusted Mini Beef Wellingtons 4 | The Hopeless Housewife

 

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  1. Glee Glee Monroe says:

    These mini beef wellingtons are simply delicious – flaky, tender and yummy!!

  2. I love mini versions of food – think they taste better too!
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week – would love to have you stop by and share! http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party/

  3. tanya says:

    These look amazing! I have to remember to make these as a special Valentine’s Day dinner! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

  4. Linda Marie Spencer says:

    Lovely! I’m making these for my girls’ night party!

  5. Leigh Ann says:

    Did I mention I just totally fell in love with you?! I can not wait to make these so I can eat them (more like gobble them up). Thanks bunches!