“ Brand: Marks and Spencer „
Beef Wellingtons are said to have been around for well over 100 years (wikipedia suggests they are named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington [1769-1852]) but I am only privileged to have known about them for around two years after trying them in a restaurant. The standard Beef Wellington consists of beef tenderloin coated in a pâté, which is then wrapped in puff pastry and cooked. Sound good?
Marks & Spencer's food is well known for its high quality and these Beef Wellingtons certainly live up to that reputation. Once cooked the thick tenderloin is easy to slice and almost melts in your mouth, and the taste combined with the mushroom pâté and golden puff pastry is as good as anything you can cook at home. The cooking times are well described on the packaging and the picture on the front does give a really good representation of what it looks like when cooked. They can be cooked in under two hours (well worth the wait) but the one downside is the price, but it is expected for such high quality and the Marks & Spencer's name.
I have tried other supermarkets' Beef Wellingtons (Morrison's are also very good) but none that I've tried are quite as good as Marks & Spencer's. If you have the money or fancy treating yourself then you should definitely try these out; if you like the look of the packaging picture, you won't be disappointed.
I was in Marks And Spencers with my mum a few weeks ago because she had some vouchers to spend in their food section. It's all mega expensive compared to Tesco and even Sainsburys so she just picked a few special things out instead of trying to do the weekly shop in there.
She saw me looking at these Beef Wellingtons and brought them because she said she hadn't had it for years, you get 2 for £8.50 so that's dear but the Wellingtons are proper big and the ingredients list shows it's all good quality stuff in them.
It's a beef fillet that has been covered in a mushroom and red wine pate and then wrapped in pastry. You obviously have to cook it yourself and it took for ages but while it was in the oven it smelt gorgeous, I think the 2 took about 1 1/2 hours and you have to brush the pastry with milk or beaten egg before cooking.
When the time was up me and my mum had a Beef Wellington each because.... we were there first!!! lol
It was delish and I wish we could afford to eat them every week! The beef is cooked perfect and on the wrapper the cooking times are shown for if you want it medium rare or well done inside. We both had ours well done and the meat was madly tender, it tasted like the best quality beef ever and hardly needed chewing because even though it was a thick fillet it still melted in my mouth.
The pate is nice but it's not spread very thick, it's just enough to give the beef a mushroomy and meaty flavour and fills the gap between the meat and the pastry.
The pastry is wicked. It goes a shiney golden brown and tastes wickedly buttery, it's like a cross between puff pastry and shortcrust pastry because it's mega light and fluffy on the top and sides but a but suety on the bottom. I love the rich flavour of it because it's shedloads better than the cheap pies and pastries we usually buy.
It's well worth £8.50 but does my head in because I won't be able to afford them that much. For that money you're getting 2 big pieces of meat and they are brill quality..... but who's got £8.50 for ONE BIT of a meal these days??? lol
Recommended anyway.... hope all you rich people are enjoying them! lol
This was a real treat in my opinion - I have been wanting to try Beef wellington for years, and never got around to it until a few weeks ago. I had just been paid and had a trip to Marks and Spencer. There they were, a pack of two (not four as stated above) small beef wellingtons, for £7.99.
They didn't quite look how I expected, and I'm still not sure if they were a classic recipe, but they were truly divine (yes I was a pig and ate 2!!). The beef was some of the best fillet steak I've tasted, and the finely chopped mushrooms in red wine sauce really complimented the meat. The puff pastry was light, and I had an amazing meal (served with some green beans and creamed cabbage).
I would highly recommend this to any meat or pie lovers, truly irresistible - Quite pricey, so save for a treat. Nice! Enjoy!
Four meltingly tender beef fillets topped with mushrooms cooked in a rich red wine sauce,wrapped in a light puff pastry. Ready to cook.