Mini Wellington Recipe with Venison

Best beef wellington recipes

Check out our guide to the best beef wellington recipes here, plus expert tips to create the perfect beef wellington for a special occasion or a Sunday lunch

Looking for beef wellington recipes? Here’s how to make beef wellington plus some of our best beef wellington recipes, including venison beef wellington, mini beef wellingtons and vegetarian wellington. 


What kind of meat do you use for beef wellington?

Beef wellington is classically made with fillet steak, as this is a very lean cut of meat. As it’s being cooked inside a pastry case, a cut with too much fat wouldn’t render and could be tough and fatty. The leanness of fillet means that the slower cooking will give you a tender piece of meat.

How do I cook a beef wellington?

Start by searing your steak on all sides in a hot pan. This is the only caramelisation the steak will get, so this will ensure a more delicious wellington. Remove from the pan and cook finely chopped shallots and finely chopped mushrooms until all of their water has been released and evaporated, and the mix is very dry – this is known as a ‘farce’. Cool this completely.

Roll out your puff pastry, lay out some slices of parma ham and then add a layer of mushroom farce, then your steak. Wrap the farce all the way around, and then encase completely in parma ham and puff pastry. Lightly score the pastry with the back of a knife, just for decoration and brush really well with beaten egg. Cook at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 – different fillet/steak sizes will require different timings.

Tips for making beef wellington

Chill your wellingtons before cooking. Cold pastry, filling and steak will ensure you get the best results – your steak is more likely to be medium rare when cooking from cold, as it will take longer to overcook. Pastry is always better cooked from chilled, this will ensure crisp pastry.

Traditionally wellingtons were wrapped in a thin pancake instead of parma ham. This acts like a thin sponge, to soak up any juices that leak out when cooking or resting, so there’s no chance of a soggy bottom. Swap in thin pancakes instead of parma ham for extra security.

Rest the wellington well. If it’s cut into too soon, juice from the meat will flood out and soak straight into your pastry.

Individual beef wellington recipe

Try our individual beef wellington recipe. These mini beef wellingtons are great to serve to family, friends or a date. Make our not-too-tricky individual beef wellington recipe for a great main dish.

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Individual Beef Wellington Recipe

Venison wellington recipe

This recipe for venison wellington is a great twist on a classic British favourite. It takes a little while but is easy to make and impressive enough to serve to guests. This venison wellington makes the perfect main dish to serve this Valentine’s Day.

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Venison Wellington Recipe

Classic beef wellington recipe

Try this classic beef Wellington recipe for your next gathering with friends. This is crowd-pleasing dinner-party dish is packed with a super-soft fillet of beef wrapped in Parma ham, porcini, chicken liver pâté, and shallots all encased in crispy puff pastry.

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Classic Beef Wellington Recipe

Vegetarian beef wellington recipe

Impress a loved one with this stunning veggie beef wellington recipe. This veggie wellington is packed with big bold flavours and looks impressive. Make this veggie main for the perfect vegetarian Christmas, New Year or Valentines.

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Vegetarian Wellington Recipe With Stilton, Chard and Walnut

Mini-venison wellington with parsnip purée

This mini-venison wellington makes the perfect meal if there are only two of you eating Christmas or New Year’s dinner, and you don’t want to roast a big turkey or joint of meat but still want to serve something really special. This individual venison wellington isn’t hard to put together but will look like you’ve made a huge effort. Or make for an impressive date night dinner.

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Mini Wellington Recipe with Venison

Beef wellington recipe with mushroom duxelles

Check out this luxurious twist on a beef Wellington recipe. Use Aberdeen Angus beef if you can, as it has a lovely, buttery texture. The addition of truffle oil to the mushroom duxelles gives this dish a decadent taste. Serve with dauphinoise potatoes for an impressive dinner party main.

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Beef Wellington Recipe with Mushroom Duxelles

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