I’ll never forget my first official dinner party when we invited a group of friends over for a sit-down dinner. This was a big deal – we were cooking for a group of people, not just two. So I set about making an impressive meal of Beef Wellington using a recipe that was four pages long – seriously, what was I thinking? Luckily everything turned out great, but it was a lot of work for one meal.
Nowadays, I look for small bites with great flavor rather than one big meal. These Mini Beef Wellingtons hit the spot and are the perfect easy holiday appetizer to bring to your next gathering. Not as time consuming as the big meal but equally impressive, they were a hit in our kitchen. Warning – you can’t eat just one so it’s probably a good thing that this recipe makes 32 servings.
Tips for Preparing the Mini Beef Wellingtons
Beef tenderloin is a very tender piece of meat but you still need to trim the excess fat since you want every bite of this recipe to be all beef. I used the 6-3/4″ Petite Carver, which made short work of trimming and cutting the meat into 1-inch cubes.
Make sure your mushrooms, shallots and garlic are finely minced. I found the 7-5/8″ Petite Chef to be the perfect tool to cut these vegetables.
Once you’ve done all the prep work and you’re ready to assemble, then it is time to tackle the puff pastry. Puff pastry can be tricky. Take it out too soon and you’ll have a sticky mess. Take it out too late and you can’t roll it out. I took ours out of the freezer an hour before we needed it and it thawed perfectly. You’ll want to generously flour your cutting surface, place the puff pastry on the flour and work quickly to put together the Mini Beef Wellingtons. Cutting the pastry into sixteen squares was easy with the Pizza Cutter but you could also use the 7-5/8″Petite Chef or 4″ Paring Knife.
The final step is assembling the actual Mini Beef Wellingtons. If you have any problem sealing the pastry edges, use a little water to stick the seams together. Then put the Wellingtons seam side down on the baking sheet, brush on the egg wash and bake until golden.
You’ll be the hit of the party when you bring this easy appetizer to your next party. That is, if it makes it to the party….enjoy.