I made this recipe last night and it came out wonderfully! I seared the steaks for about 30 seconds in the hottest pan I could get and then chilled them down again. Also, I read in several reviews that you have to HEAT your cookie sheet or baking pan before putting the wellingtons on or they will get soggy on the bottom, this worked like a charm. I got nervous about the cooking time when the pastry got brown (I had coated the outside in an egg wash that made it a beautiful golden color), so I turned the oven down to 325 after about 15 minutes, still left the meat in for the rest of the cooking time for a total of 25 minutes and they were perfectly medium rare. I modified the ingredients to this recipe to include shallots and garlic (instead of onions) and spread the mushroom paste on top of the filet before wrapping in the pastry. I had also squeezed the mushrooms after cooking in between layers of paper towels to get rid of the excess water. I added about 2 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese inside, which added GREAT flavor!
For a sauce to accompany the dish, I would recommend reducing 4 cups of beef stock and 1.5 cups of port down to about 2 c. volume and then whisking in 1 tbsp butter mixed with 1 tbsp flour (mixed into a paste). After it thickened, I stirred in some caramelized shallots, another tbsp of butter, and a few bits of crumbled bacon - season with pepper. This was a combination of a few other sauces I've seen on this site and it tasted like something I'
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I made this recipe last night and it came out wonderfully! I seared the steaks for about 30...