Boeuf en Croûte (Beef in Puff Pastry)

This culinary work of art - also known as Beef Wellington - is dressed to impress, making it exactly what you need for a very special dinner.

Boeuf en Croute (Beef in Puff Pastry)
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
11 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
41 mins


  • 1 ½ cup chopped mushrooms sliced 1/4 inch thick, such as cremini, button, and/or shiitake

  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots (2 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup Madeira wine

  • 2 tablespoon whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • 1 2 pound beef tenderloin roast, trimmed

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 17.3 ounce package frozen puff pastry sheets (2 sheets), thawed

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 recipe Madeira Sauce (optional)

  • Roasted onions, cherry tomatoes, and garlic (optional)

Madeira Sauce

  • 1 ¼ cup shallots, finely chopped (2 medium)

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ cup beef broth

  • ¼ cup Madeira wine

  • ¼ cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley (optional)

  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. For mushroom mixture, in a large skillet cook and stir mushrooms, shallots, and garlic in hot butter about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are soft and beginning to brown. Add Madeira wine; cook and stir for 5 minutes more or until wine is almost all evaporated. Stir in cream. Cook for 1 minute more or until thickened. Stir in parsley. Set aside.

  2. Sprinkle tenderloin with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tenderloin; brown on all sides. Remove from skillet; set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface place puff pastry pieces next to each other with long sides overlapping slightly. If necessary, moisten the overlapping area with water. Roll pastry pieces out to create an 18x10-inch rectangle, fusing the pieces together. Spread mushroom mixture lengthwise down the middle of the rectangle. Place tenderloin on top of mushroom mixture. Wrap pastry up and around tenderloin, trimming off any excess; reserve trimmings. Brush the seam with beaten egg; press to seal. Turn pastry-covered roast over so seam is on the bottom. Roll out pastry trimmings and cut out shapes. Attach to top of pastry by brushing with egg. Brush entire top with egg. Place on prepared baking sheet.

  4. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Roast pastry-covered tenderloin for 50 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 135 degrees F for medium-rare (or 60 to 70 minutes or until thermometer registers 150 degrees F for medium). If pastry begins to get too brown, cover loosely with foil. Remove from oven; let stand for 15 minutes. Cut into thick slices. If desired, serve with Madeira Sauce and roasted vegetables.

Madeira Sauce


  1. In a small saucepan cook shallots and garlic, in butter over medium heat until shallots are softened. Stir in flour. Whisk in beef broth, Madeira wine, and whipping cream. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbly and smooth. If desired, stir in fresh parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 1-1/2 cups.

Make-Ahead Directions:

Prepare mushroom mixture as directed; cool. Place in a storage container; seal. If desired, prepare Madeira Sauce as directed; cool. Place in a separate storage container; seal. Chill both containers for up to 24 hours. To serve, use mushroom mixture as directed. Place Madeira Sauce in a small saucepan; heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until hot and bubbly. If necessary, add up to 1/4 cup beef broth to thin sauce to desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

702 Calories
50g Fat
30g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 702
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 364mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 432mg 9%
Folate, total 68.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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