Recipe by Michal Frischman

Michal’s Mini Wellingtons

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Meat Meat
Medium Medium
8 Servings
3 Hours

No Diets specified

Beef Wellington is one of those quintessential dishes that isn’t so easy to replicate in the kosher version. For this appetizer-sized version, freezing the meat after searing prevents it from overcooking while allowing the puff pastry to bake.


Main ingredients

  • 2 pounds (1 kilogram) center-cut rib eye or club steak “filet mignon,” at least 3/4 of an inch (2 centimeters) thick

  • 2 tablespoons Gefen Olive Oil, divided

  • salt, to taste

  • pepper, to taste

  • 2 shallots, diced very finely

  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cremini mushrooms, very finely diced

  • 8 ounces (225 grams) shiitake mushrooms, very finely diced

  • 1 sprig thyme, stem removed

  • 1/2 cup Herzog Lineage Chardonnay or other dry white wine

  • 2 sheets Gefen Puff Pastry, defrosted

  • 1 egg, mixed with 1 tablespoon water

Wine Pairing

Cuvee Hautes Terres De Fourcas Dupre


Prepare the Mini Wellingtons


Heat one tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over high heat.


Season meat well with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides just until a light crust has formed but center is still raw, about one minute per side. Remove from frying pan to a platter or plate.


Cut into eight pieces, as evenly as possible. Freeze for at least two and a half hours, or up to a few days.


Heat additional one tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms, thyme, and about one teaspoon salt and cook slowly until liquid is mostly evaporated.


Add in wine and cook until almost completely evaporated. Remove from heat.


If frozen overnight, allow meat to sit out at room temperature for one hour to partially defrost.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).


Cut each pastry sheet into six squares.


Place a spoon of mushroom mixture onto the center of each square, then a frozen meat piece. Bring up the corners of the pastry dough and pinch closed. Place seam side down on a Gefen Parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash.


Bake for 25 minutes or until puff pastry is lightly golden and meat is perfectly medium rare.


Photography: Moishe Wulliger Food Styling: Renee Muller

Michal's Mini Wellingtons

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2024 years ago

Delicious Made a couple of adjustments because I was using vegan meat styled as filet mignon and due to unavailability of the variety in mushrooms, plus I added some fresh rosemary in addition to the thyme, but it turned out great! I had never tried Beef Wellington before because I haven’t eaten beef since I was a young child, but this was sure tasty! Would definitely repeat sometime.