BEEF EN CROUTE FOR 2 a dish that never fails to impress!. A dinner party classic is easily made into a special romantic meal for date night in!
Family dinner is very important to me. It doesn’t matter how busy we are, or how many activities we have scheduled, we eat together as a family 6 nights a week.
On Saturdays I feed the kids, and then Ian and I eat later. Just the two of us. NO kids allowed. It is something that we have been doing for 16 years ever since Charlie was born.
I love hearing about the kids days during meals, that is if I can get them to speak one at a time, but one day a week it is SO nice to have an uninterrupted adult conversation. Every once in a while we’ll go out to eat, but most of the time we make dinner at home, and except for the dishes, I actually prefer staying home. I don’t have to get all dressed up (I may have even eaten a meal or two in my jammies), there’s no driving, and we can make anything we want. It’s the one day a week we get to eat all those meals that the kids won’t touch.
Last weekend I tried a recipe from one of our favorite restaurants. Individual sized beef en croute. It’s like beef wellington made just for two. Perfect for a special Valentine’s Day dinner or simply a Saturday night dinner without the kids.
- melt butter in a skillet over medium heat
- once melted, add onion and mushrooms
- season with salt and pepper, reduce heat to low, and cook until the mushrooms and onion are soft, and the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated
- remove from skillet, and set aside
- turn up the heat to medium - high
- place seasoned filet in the skillet and sear 2 minutes per side
- cut puff pastry into 2 pieces
- divide the mushrooms, and place in the center of each square of pastry
- place filet on top of mushrooms, and fold pastry to fully enclose steak
- brush with egg wash to seal seams
- place steaks seam side down on a baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg
- chill steaks for 30 minutes
- heat oven to 425 degrees
- place baking sheet in the oven, and immediately reduce the temperature to 400 degrees
- bake 20 minutes - for med-rare, bake another 5 minutes if you prefer them more well done
- allow to rest 5 minutes before serving