Blue Cheese and Cress Beef Wellingtons with Broiled Tomatoes, Parsley-Dill Potatoes and Broccolini Spears
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- 2 pounds small red or baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
- 4 pieces beef tenderloin, 1 1/2 inches thick
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
- A sprinkle of all-purpose flour
- 1 large sheet frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted, such as Du Four brand
- 1 bundle watercress, chopped
- 8 ounces blue cheese (get a drier blue cheese that will crumble easily)
- 1 egg, beaten with a splash of water
- 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup Caesar-style or garlic flavor large croutons, crushed or processed into crumbs
- 1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped, divided
- 1 large bundle broccolini, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
Pre-heat the oven to 425°F. Pre-heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Put the potatoes in a saucepot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, salt the water and cook the potatoes until tender.
Meanwhile, pat the meat dry and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle a little EVOO into a medium size skillet and wipe it around with a folded paper towel. Add the beef and brown over medium heat, until it becomes a deep reddish brown, about 3 minutes. Turn the beef and brown for about 2 minutes more. Turn off the heat, then remove the meat to a plate and reserve.
Sprinklea flour on work surface and roll out the dough a little, then cut into four pieces. Pile a little watercress on each piece of dough, then top with crumbles of cheese and some meat. Wrap the dough around the filling and cut a small vent in the top of each parcel. Cover a baking sheet with parchment, then arrange the parcels on the baking sheet and brush them with the egg wash, using a pastry brush. Bake until deep golden, about 12 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the parcels rest.
While the parcels bake, bring a couple of inches of water, in a deep-sided skillet, to a boil over medium heat for the broccolini.
Put the broiler on high.
Arrange the tomatoes on a small baking sheet and season them with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss the crouton crumbs with half of the parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle the crumbs on the tomatoes and drizzle with a tablespoon of EVOO. When the broiler is hot, put the tomatoes in the center of oven and broil until bubbly and the crumbs are brown, about 3-4 minutes.
Salt the boiling water and add the broccolini spears. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then drain.
Drain the potatoes and put them back into the hot pot with the butter, dill and the remaining parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
Serve each beef parcel on plates with a broiled tomato half, a few potatoes and a couple of spears of broccolini.