Beef Wellington Mushroom & Chestnuts and Sauce au Foigras

What was the last embarrassing moment that you had?

My list is long but let me share you the latest one. Imagine this: Christmas shopping rush is everywhere. This is my favorite time of the year not only because of the gifts that I will receive but I always feel great to offer gifts to people I care. And besides who doesn't love shopping, aside from our husbands (of course :-) ). I was garbed with my favorite winter outfit, my bag, my list and my wallet. I decided to go early morning so I have plenty of time to choose before really buying them. I entered the first shop, and there the sound goes, "beep". I disregarded it and continued looking around and eventually decided to go. There the sound went again "beep". I just made few steps and there the security of the shop stopped me. Explaining that I "beeped" and stuff. I gave my bag and everything and they found nothing and let me go. I was disgusted and told them their security alarm must be broken or something. Then I went to go to the next shop. And the same thing happened again ,the security alarm "beeped" once again. So I said "I must leave", but there goes the security to check my stuffs "Again". Believe it or not after the fifth shop and I had the same "beeping" incident I finally decided to go back home. My worst nightmare, in reality. What must be beeping on me? My keys, my bag, my sweater? I have really no idea...Well I'll just be shopping gifts online I guess. I bet you have a lot of embarrassing moments to share too.

By the way, I would like to invite you to check out the beautiful feature write-up about Dhanggit's Kitchen on Femina Magazine. Thanks again Rajani for this!

I am sending a slice of this yummy Beef Wellington with Mushrooms and Chestnuts over at talented Haalo of Cook Almost Anything, this week's host of Weekend Herb Blogging #214, that delicious event pioneered by Kalyn now under Haalo's caring hands. If you want to participate please don't forget to check out the link.

Photos from top to bottom, left to right: The beef freshly cut, the two Mayumi's playing in the kitchen, the plate of beef with veggies before serving, the beef with the knife, and Mayumi trying to write her name.

Beef Wellington with Mushrooms and Chestnuts in Sauce au Foiegras
serves 6- 8 persons

This is a very easy and yet delicious festive dish you can prepare for this holiday.

about 1 and half kilo of beef tenderloin trimmed
3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
15 g of butter
4 pieces of parma ham
shallots chopped
about 80 g of chestnuts (i used fresh chestnuts that i boiled and mashed)
250 g of mushrooms (champignon de paris) finely chopped
salt, pepper and lots of herbs: rosemary and thyme
1 roll of puff pastry
1 egg yolk

for the sauce:
15 g of butter
1 small shallots finely chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
100 g of bloc de foiegras
60 ml of veal stock
1 tablespoon of heavy cream

On a pan with oil and butter brown the beef briefly on all sides. Add salt, pepper and herbs. On the same pan, fry the shallots, mushrooms and chestnuts, add some salt and pepper. You can pass this on a mixer to have a fine consistent texture. Roll out your puff pastry , put your parma ham, spread evenly the chestnut-mushroom mixture and put the beef on the top. Closely evenly the sides of the dough. Be sure you seal tightly the edges. With the brush spread evenly the eggyolk. YOu can make some the designs on the top using your knife. Bake this on a preheated oven at 250°celsius for 20-25 minutes. Set it aside and let it rest for about five to seven minutes before slicing it.

For the sauce, on the pan brown your shallots with olive oil. Add your sliced foeigras. Pour the veal broth and let it simmer for few minutes. Put some salt and pepper. Just before turning off the heat. Add the butter and heavy cream to thicken the sauce.


Anshika said...

Hilda just checked your blog. Read the post on Femina and discovered your blog. I don't know how I could miss such a fabulous blog. Fabulous collection of recipes. Way to go :)

Happy cook said...

Ublike my friend hubby mine like to come with me for shopping, not that much for cloth shopping.
I made this few years agio for his b'day party and everybody loved it except for me as i am not a beef fan.
Looks really yumm. Love the pastry crust.

K and S said...

beautiful write up! sometimes anything with a magnet will trigger those beeps :) happy holidays!

Gloria said...

Oh my God Dhanggit!! Happens to me something similar, some day I bought a purse in the Super (yes in the super Im so special!) at any time I was to this super the bee, beep, again and nothing understand , I look the purse, all look and nothing. Anyway days later I empty my purse and discover a very little alrma card (of the super of course) and with the books sometimes happens to me, because has a code and sometimes begin beep, beep, is so embarrasing.
I LOVE PICURES, Mayumi is SO CUTE I think and this is the WEllington I always want to make, is beautifulmy dear, I will see the site too. kisses to you and Mayum! huggs gloria

Debbie said...

I've had something similar happen to me and I'm sure I turned bright red!!! Your dish looks so delicious. Beautiful!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A fantastic combo! I love that sauce!



Peter M said...

YES! You pulled it off. Beef Wellington is tricky (precise) timing and I want a serving now.

Cakelaw said...

This looks delicious - and isn't Mayumi a cutie!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I haven't tried this but my cousin wants to make this on Christmas Day at the family reunion..

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Susan from Food Blogga said...

That is the most beautiful beef wellington, Dhanggit. I have always wanted to make one but still haven't. You've inspired me. PS-I have set off beeps too. You're not alone. :)

tigerfish said...

Can substitute foigras with chicken liver ?

Haalo said...

Yum, I so want to eat this right now.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, looks great!

pigpigscorner said...

The beeping happened to me too. It was so embarassing cause the security guy was so insistent, he kept searching my bag! Later he found out that it was becuase of a bottle of sunblock , the security tag was still attached.

my boyfriend cooks for me said...

Looks delicious! Puff pastry is always a winner, and the meat looks perfectly cooked. Pardon my drool...

veron said...

This looks tooo delicious. The foie gras has my heart a flutter!

Marysol said...

Dhang, I had a similar incident while shopping last Christmas. All eyes were on me, as I beeped on my way out of the store.

Thankfully, the security guard informed me that their alarm system had been acting up all day, and other shoppers had suffered the same fate, so he sent me off with a smile.
The whole experience had me concerned though, as I'm much too cute for the pokey. And I prefer to take my showers alone ;-)

But, I'd risk prison time for just a slice of that beautiful, Beef Wellington!

Alexa said...

I had that happen before...all eyes on you, I go beet-red, guilty or not. It was an alarm device in a book that had not been deactivated by the clerk at the cash register--made all the other stores beep as well--deeper shade of red.

Your Boeuf is beautiful. Wow, spectacular dish! Bonnes Fetes!

greg Kopp said...

This looks awesome! hope I can try this one out!

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