Airfryer Beef Wellington. Beef Wellington cooked in my Philips Airfryer with a delicious layer of homemade pate, beef fillet and of course homemade pastry. If you want a delicious crispy beef wellington then you need to try this recipe.
BEWARE Foodgasm territory is about to come at you and attack you in full force. We are talking about succulent beef fillet covered in homemade pate, followed by the most amazing shortcrust pastry. It is then cooked in the Airfryer. Add them together and you have the Airfryer Beef Wellington of your dreams.
When you think about beef wellington it is one of those kinds of foods that you always remember where you were when you first had it. The first time you ever tasted fillet at the same time as pate and pastry.
For me it was a French restaurant in the town where I grew up.
We went a lot of times throughout my childhood and into my teens.
Major family birthdays were celebrated there and since moving out of town I have not been. The last time I went was my 21st birthday and YES I had the beef wellington!
It was always the house special. The meal deal that everyone always got excited about (including me) and that was a big part of the A La Carte Dining.
But beef wellington has often been associated with high quality French trained chefs. Something that the average Joe cannot cook. But YOU CAN, and it is actually easier than you think.
It is no more difficult than making your own pasta, cooking a Sunday roast or even making your own birthday cake.
Plus you are likely to have some pastry and some pate leftover that you can use for another family meal.
For those of you that are new to beef wellington or cooking it in the Airfryer here is 2 questions I get asked a lot:
What Is Beef Wellington?
Beef Wellington is a fillet steak that has been coated with pate and that has then been wrapped in pastry. It is then baked until the beef fillet is medium.
Some beef wellington recipes include wrapping it in filo pastry, shortcrust pastry or puff pastry.
There are often many different versions of pate used, depending on the meat and the end flavouring you want to achieve.
As well as beef wellington people often follow a similar recipe with salmon, pork tenderloin, venison and hare.
Why Make Beef Wellington In The Airfryer?
When you cook beef wellington in the oven it can sometimes be soggy thanks to all the pate that you use. The pastry might not be as crispy as you would like either.
However your Airfryer is like a deep fat fryer and is the true star for crisping up your food.
The Airfryer is also a great size for being able to fit a beef wellington into.
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Airfryer Beef Wellington
- Get your beef fillet, give it a clean, chop any visible fat, season with salt and pepper and then seal it up with cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.
- Make your batch of chicken liver pate and homemade shortcrust pastry.
- Roll out your shortcrust pastry and using a pastry brush go all around the edges with beaten egg to help make it sticky for sealing.
- Then inside of the outer egg line place a thin layer of the homemade pate until you can no longer see the white pastry.
- Remove the cling film from the meat and place the meat in the middle on top of the pate and push it down a little.
- Seal the pastry around the meat and the pate.
- Score the top of the pastry so that the meat has a chance to breathe.
- Place in the Airfryer on the Airfryer Grill Pan and cook for 35 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Leave to rest for a couple of minutes, slice and serve with roast potatoes.
Then fridge them both for an hour and then they are easier to handle. If you want to cheat and make it look like puff pastry, then make my shortcrust pastry but swap plain flour for self raising flour.
It will then puff up and people will think you have made homemade puff pastry. If you wish you can make your pate the day before. It’s the biggest job in making a Beef Wellington and then takes the pressure off you. Avoid making the pastry more than 2 hours in advance.
This keeps it in its best condition and is better for rolling and even improves the chances of a non-soggy Beef Wellington. There is no law that says that a Beef Wellington must use beef fillet, it is just associated with luxury meat.
You could also use sirloin or brisket too. Also remember to have nice sharp knives before you start. This is particularly important when slicing the beef wellington otherwise it will cut badly and look awful. I always use my knife sharpener to do this.
Where To Source Your Beef Fillet To Make Airfryer Beef Wellington:
Airfryer Beef Wellington Podcast
We also have created a short version of the Airfryer Beef Wellington recipe into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.
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