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from "The New Basics Cookbook" by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

Once upon a time, it seemed as if every dinner party was built around Beef Wellington. Twenty years have passed, and beef is on the menu far less often—which is all the more reason to make it extra-special when it is. And this Wellington recipe is just that! Use the recipe for Potted Mushrooms. It goes well with the beef.

2 Portions
 The New Basics Cookbook

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crumbled
2 tournedos of beef (6 ounces each)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup Potted Mushrooms (recipe follows)
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, 10 x 8 inches, 1/8 inch thick, thawed
1 egg
1 teaspoon milk

Potted Mushrooms
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup minced shallots
1/3 cup minced leeks, white part only
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cultivated mushrooms, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
10 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed (reserve for another use), finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely snipped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Toast points, for serving

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1.Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2.Toss the pepper, salt, and thyme in a small bowl. Rub the tournedos on all sides with mustard, then sprinkle the spice mixture over them.
3.Melt the butter in a small skillet, and sear the tournedos on all sides, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
4.Arrange the tournedos on a small baking sheet, and cover them with the potted mushrooms.
5.Cut out two 4- to 5-inch circles of pastry. Drape each over one of the tournedos, and pinch the edges in four or five places to enclose the tournedos. Blend the egg and milk and brush this glaze over the pastry. Decorate the tops with cutouts made from pastry trimmings, if desired.
6.Bake 15 minutes for medium-rare. Serve immediately.
Potted Mushrooms (2 cups)
Make this on the day you plan to serve it—it will not hold longer than a day.
1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch skillet. Stir in the shallots, leeks, and garlic. Cook over low heat until translucent, 5 minutes.
2.Add the cultivated mushrooms and the thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushroom liquid has evaporated and the mixture is just moist, 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
3.Add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter to the skillet, and stir in the shiitake mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until they are just beginning to stick to the pan, 5 minutes.
4.Pour off any juices that have accumulated in the bowl, and add the shiitakes to the mushroom mixture. Stir well, and season with the chives, salt, and pepper. Serve at room temperature accompanied by fresh toast points.

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  Filet Mignon
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  Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets - $5.59/ea
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  Shallots - $2.99/ea
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  Chives - $1.99/ea
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 approx. 10oz
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 approx. 3.5oz
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