Add This to the Holiday Menu
As we are quickly approaching 2018’s Holiday Season, thoughts begin to turn to what’s going to be on our holiday feast menu and what to bring to the holiday potluck dinner.
This absolute showstopper may seem daunting; but honestly, it isn’t.
It’s Not That Hard!
It is very easily done in steps that you can park in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare the next step(s) later in the day, or even the next day or two.
If you are going to make one, why not make a double batch? You can prepare the wellington that you intend to freeze up to and including boiling your roast in the broth, allowing it to cool. Rather than moving to the next step of wrapping it in the puff pastry, wrap it tightly using parchment paper, then tightly in plastic wrap. Freeze until you are ready to use. At that point, allow the roast to defrost fully in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature, wrap in the puff pastry, and bake.
Presentation is Everything
Serve it on a large platter that is a mono pale color. You can garnish with some greens; but my favorite way to garnish is with steamed broccoli arranged around its perimeter. Have the gravy boat for the beef wellington and a boat of Hollandaise Sauce alongside the platter. Carve the beef wellington at the table for panache, one slice at a time, placing it on a dinner plate, followed by the broccoli. Sauce each with its respective gravy/sauce, then pass the plate to one of your guests. Continue this process until all your guests are served. Your other menu items can be served family style, allowing each guest to serve themselves. Or, if you are serving buffet-style, slice the wellington, arrange layered in a straight line longways down the platter, then arrange the broccoli on the sides.
Talk about an elegant holiday dinner. No one will ever miss the animal that most typifies the American Holiday meal. And more importantly, you will have served an entrée that people will rave about for a long time, and no one was harmed to bring this sumptuous meal to the table (well, that’s assuming there were no knife incidents in the kitchen)