I tried out a new recipe this week, and I thought that I should share it with you. As you can see in the title of the post, it was Ground Beef Wellington. Now, I have never had a regular Beef Wellington, but I have always wanted to try. The problem is that I don't like to experiment with expensive food items, so going the ground beef route seemed like a good place to start.
I'll present the recipe, and make my review after you've had a look at it.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet and preheat the oven to 350 F. Add the onion, carrot, celery, potato, mushroom and rosemary. Cook, stirring, about 8-10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the frozen peas. The residual heat will do to thaw them. Cool the veggie mix a bit.
In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, half the beaten egg, salt and pepper and cooled vegetable mix. Just use your hands and mix it all up.
On a floured board, roll out the puff pastry. You can put the two sheets on top of each other and roll out one big rectangle (about 12×16″) and make a large Beef Wellington or cut that into 4 smaller rectangles, as I did, to make 4 smaller ones. I was thinking we’d be eating leftovers for lunch and thought the smaller ones would work better.
Place 1/4 of the ground beef mix onto each rectangle, brush the outside long edge with some beaten egg and roll up lengthwise, pinching the edges together to seal. Put on a large cookie pan, seem side down. Repeat for each. (You could of course make smaller portions if you’ve got younger children.) Brush the tops with the rest of the egg and bake for an hour at 350 F.
Review: This looked like it was going to be a good recipe. Generally speaking, I like the way that Jamie Oliver does things because his food never comes across as particularly pretentious. I only have one Jamie Oliver cookbook, and it is one of my favorites.
This recipe is easy to make, andmore impirtantly, it is easy to change. I say that because as the recipe is written it may prove to be very bland for the palate that enjoys a little more flair.
I didn't omit anything from the recipe, but I did add a few things here and there.
I added two links of uncooked Chorizo sausages (sans casing) to the ground beef mixture, and for the sake of time, I used about a cup and a half of frozen hash browns instead of peeling and dicing a potato. In addition, I used about a tablespoon of Gourmet Garden's Moroccan seasoning (which I really love). I also added a half teaspoon of curry powder.
I followed the rest of the recipe in all respects, and in an hour, I had a nice looking dish that had the house smelling quite nice.
When it was time to serve, the dish presented quite nicely, which made me happy, because it is important to me that the food that I prepare looks good as well as tastes good.
I served the dish to Mrs Gunfighter and Soccer girl and when they tried it, I was rewarded with a resounding "Meh".
I tried it, and came up with the same result. I was a good dish, but not a great dish. The next time I attempt this, and I do plan to give it another go, I am going to do my usual thing and go a wee bit bonkers with my rockin' spice rack.
The Bottom Line: Try it, but don't be afraid to change it to taste. This is a recipe with incredible potential. Make it your own and rock the spice rack!