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Beef Wellington Tarts

This contemporary take on beef Wellington reimagines pastry-wrapped tenderloin as a tart, showcasing flavors both comforting and complex. Crisp, buttery puff pastry forms the foundation; foie gras enriches the sauce.Foie gras mousse is a rich, silken spread that’s often served on crackers. This recipe incorporates it into a flavorful sauce. The mousse is available at most gourmet food stores.

  • Servings: 2
Beef Wellington Tarts

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2008


  • 8 ounces beef tenderloin
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 sheet (11-inch square) thawed frozen puff pastry, preferably DuFour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 ounces foie gras mousse (about 1/4 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, and cook until completely browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer skillet to oven, and cook to desired doneness (130 degrees for medium-rare, 8 to 9 minutes). Transfer beef to a plate, and let rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, on a lightly floured surface, cut two 5 1/2-inch squares from puff pastry; reserve remaining dough for another use. Using a paring knife, score a 1/2-inch border around each square. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees, and continue to bake until puffed and golden brown, about 10 minutes more.

  4. Meanwhile, melt butter with remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a clean skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, thyme, and garlic, and cook until mushrooms are tender and garlic has softened, about 8 minutes. Add wine, and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to a small bowl.

  5. Add foie gras mousse to skillet, and reduce heat to low. Stir until just melted. Remove from heat.

  6. Using the back of a spoon, flatten inside portion of each pastry square. Thinly slice beef, and arrange slices on top of pastry. Top with mushroom mixture, and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note

Pastry Tip: Packaged puff pastry works quite well, as long as it contains real butter (this ensures the pastry puffs into numerous rich, flaky layers). Don’t forget to thaw the dough before baking.

Reviews (5)

  • russwarren1 25 Dec, 2014

    An excellent recipe! I served it Christmas Day, and it came together beautifully. I'd suggest that it would be possible to make the mushroom mixture a day ahead, and then reheat it just before assembling. In lieu of the fois gras mousse, I found a fresh pork/duck/goose mousse from a local gourmet store in Sister Bay, WI. It didn't "melt," but it worked just fine. I used the mousse on my portion, but not on my husband's portion (his "ick" factor issue). We both loved our meal.

  • lynnemdale 30 Jan, 2009

    Mushroom Pate is a really great alternative to foie gras

  • goin2theBeach 22 Jan, 2009

    Thanks for your review. I don't even know what "foie gras" mousse is!

  • newmangal 15 Feb, 2008

    Made this last night for a valentine's dinner.... EXCELLENT!! I did leave out the foie gras mousse.... cannot find that out here but it was really good.

  • Dauphine 14 Feb, 2008

    Is there a less expensive alternative to foie gras?

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