Mini Beef Wellingtons with Boozy Berry Sauce – These individual Beef Wellingtons would be perfect for any Staying In-In dinner party, or for Christmas and New Year, as well as for an elegant picnic. Made with ready-made puff pastry, they are a breeze to make and yet look professional and intricate.
I LOVE the concept of “Staying In-In” which seems to be very popular right now; basically, it’s all about staying in, as in staying at home, with good food and wine, good friends and treasured family. The food is an essential part of “Staying In-In” as it forms the centre of a cosy, warm evening (or lunchtime) where the home cook can show off their skills, but in a special and very inclusive way. By sharing lovingly cooked food with your guests, there’s no need to venture out and your lucky diners can also stay the night for the ultimate “Staying In-In” experience. Today’s recipe for Mini Beef Wellingtons with Boozy Berry Sauce makes a real celebratory “Staying In-In” meal for any dinner party or special family gathering. The recipe is a favourite in my house, and it’s often my “to go to” dinner party dish to make for friends and family.
As part of my ongoing collaboration with the brilliant British brand STOVES, I was sent a new STOVES Richmond 900DFT range cooker to play with. I opted for the classic cream colour, as it matches my newly fitted kitchen beautifully……more photos of my kitchen to follow when we’ve finished tiling it! I also chose the 90cm size which is big enough for me cook and bake with, with five gas burners on the hob-top and four electric ovens with proflex splitter, there’s a handy function for all my cooking and baking needs. And again, it fits in well with the size of my kitchen, which is the original old school kitchen in our home. (We live in an old schoolhouse in North Wales) I was really impressed with the quality of this British built range cooker – from its good looks and sturdy construction, to its amazing cooking and baking features, it looks and acts the part in every way.
Although the recipe is the perfect dish for anytime of the year, I always feel that as the months get cooler and we slide into autumn and winter, this would be amazing when served as a “Staying In-In” meal for family and friends; imagine tucking into these buttery, flaky and tender beef filled pastries, whilst sitting next a log fire, candles flickering and happy faces beaming around the table – what utter bliss and the whole concept of “Staying In-In”. I cooked and baked these whilst being filmed for a video recently at Longleat House. I usually cook with a gas hob, as in my lovely Stoves Richmond Range at home, but the Beef Wellingtons turned out just great using a Stoves induction hob and fan assisted oven, as you can see from my photos and the video below.
Images from Filming at Longleat House:
Last Saturday saw me making my recipe for Mini Beef Wellingtons with Boozy Berry Sauce again, at home, and using my Stoves Richmond Range. We enjoyed them for a simple “aux deux” meal in the evening, alongside some steamed new potatoes and seasonal veggies, and, a glass of red wine too! One little tip when you make this recipe; try to use only the best beef fillet and if you cannot get hold of prosciutto ham, use streaky bacon or pancetta instead. I like to add a few dried mushrooms to the duxelles mixture sometimes, just drop them in half way through cooking for a wonderful essence of mushroom flavour. Duxelles can also include shallots, I have left them out in this recipe, as I think the mushrooms work best by themselves with prime beef fillet. A little historical note: Duxelles is said to have been created by the 17th-century French chef François Pierre La Varenne (1615–1678) and to have been named after his employer, Nicolas Chalon du Blé, marquis d’Uxelles, maréchal de France.
My “Staying In-In” recipe for Mini Beef Wellingtons with Boozy Berry Sauce is shared below, in a printable recipe format, and I have also shared some step-by-step photos of the recipe being made and cooked in and on my Stoves Richmond Range Cooker too. Do let me know if you make these little beef parcels, and if it was for your own “Staying In-In” evening or Sunday lunch. I’ll be back soon with more recipes, and food and travel stories, in the meantime, have a lovely week, Karen
*Disclaimer – This is part of an ongoing paid partnership with STOVES. I received a STOVES Richmond Deluxe range cooker and a fee as part of my collaborative work with them*