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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Today is...National Pastry Day!

Today is National Pastry Day, and I hope you all join me in celebrating this special day! Please feel free to leave comments to share YOUR favorite pastry recipes!

Making pastries can be incredibly fun, but for some a lot of work. Why not let the experts at Pepperidge Farms help us out with fun AND easy recipes to help us celebrate National Pastry Day!!! Here is the link:

In fact, I am going to celebrate National Pastry Day by tackling Beef Wellington, typically a very challenging dish, by following this recipe found on Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry website! I really like that you can make individual portions, and this recipe looks simple and yet completely divine!

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Mini Beef Wellingtons with Mushrooms & Gorgonzola

Thaw Time: 40 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 120 minutes
Serves: 8


8 (6 ounces each) beef filet mignons (about 1/2-inch thick each)
Ground black pepper
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
8 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp. finely chopped shallots
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg, beaten
1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (2 sheets)
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


Thaw the pastry sheets at room temperature for 40 minutes or until they're easy to handle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Season the beef with the black pepper.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook for 10 minutes, turning the beef over once during cooking. Remove the beef to a plate. Cover the plate and refrigerate for 1 hour or until the beef is cold.

Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, shallots and garlic. Season with the black pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are tender, stirring often. Remove the mushroom mixture from the skillet and let cool.

Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheets into 2 (14-inch) squares. Trim the edges to form 2 (13-inch) squares. Cut each square into 4 squares, making 8 squares in all.

Place 1 tablespoon Gorgonzola in the center of each pastry square. Divide the mushroom mixture among the pastry squares. Top each with 1 filet mignon. Fold 2 opposite pastry corners over the beef, overlapping slightly, and press to seal. Brush with the egg. Repeat with the remaining pastry corners.

Place the Wellingtons seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate the Wellingtons and the remaining egg for 1 hour or overnight.

Heat the oven to 425°F. Brush the Wellingtons with the remaining egg. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the temperature of the beef is 117°F. Serve immediately.

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