Some say it was his favorite meal, and others claim it resembled the boots that he wore. Whatever the case may be, the Duke of Wellington has a grand dish named after him, which became the entertaining extravaganza of the 1960s. Read more at epicurious.com.
There is a lot of hoopla surrounding this entree...made popular again by Gordon Ramsay on Hell's Kitchen where it's astonashing how few of the chef's on his show can mess up a Wellington. It led me to believe this was a difficult dish, but the more I studied recipes, the more I realized how DO-able this actually was. Gordon has a highly produced video on YouTube if you want to see how he puts a Beef Wellington together.
Tenderloin en Croute was chosen because I liked the Mushroom Duxelle which I have made before, see HWM Pork Tenderloin en Croute post here. Tyler Florence's Ultimate Beef Wellington recipe was chosen for it's use of prosciutto, thyme and cooking times.
A lot of liquid has evaporated, now let's build some gorgeous flavor.
These are so filling and very very flavorful. It's an impressive dish, and one that I found very easy to prepare. Beef Wellingtons are time-consuming to assemble, but can easily be completely prepped a day in advance and then slid into the oven for 20-30 minutes to bake before serving. I think it's perfect for birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mothers/Fathers Day, or Wednesday. Review the links posted above for Beef Wellington recipes and make this for you and your sweetheart soon.