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Deer Wellington

All of the traditional elements of beef Wellington – the duxelles, the puffy pastry, the prosciutto, and the Dijon mustard are in this recipe for deer Wellington made with cuts of fresh venison tenderloin! Perfect for a stunning holiday dinner!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef wellington, christmas dinner, deer wellington, Venison, Venison Recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 490kcal

Equipment

  • Butcher’s Twine
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Instant Read Thermometer
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Pastry Brush
  • Baking Tray

Ingredients

For the duxelles:

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms I used button and cremini
  • 2 small shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme

For the Wellington:

  • 1 ½ pound venison tenderloin cut in half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Grapeseed oil
  • 12 slices prosciutto
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 sheets puff pastry thawed according to package directions.
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  • Wrap the tenderloin pieces with butcher’s twine in 1-inch sections. This will help the meat to keep its shape during the cooking process. Season each tenderloin with salt and pepper and set aside while you prepare the duxelles.

For the duxelles:

  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the mushrooms, shallots, and garlic until very fine. (This may need to be done in two batches.) Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the mushroom mixture to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat and cook, stirring occasionally, for ten minutes. During this time the mushrooms will release all of their moisture. This is ok! The liquid will evaporate and the mushrooms will then brown.
  • Remove from heat and stir in fresh thyme. Set duxelles aside.

For the Wellington:

  • Set a cast iron pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoon of grapeseed oil to the pan and when the oil begins shimmering, add the tenderloin. Sear on each side for 1 minute. Remove from pan and set on a plate to rest.
  • To make the prosciutto layer place 6 pieces of prosciutto slightly overlapping over one another on a large piece of plastic wrap. They should form a rectangle that is slightly longer and twice is tall as the tenderloin.
  • Spread half of the duxelles over the prosciutto rectangle. Brush the tops of the tenderloin with Dijon mustard.
  • Place one of the tenderloin pieces, mustard side down, on the bottom of the prosciutto and duxelles rectangle. Brush with more Dijon mustard.
  • Using the plastic wrap to help, wrap the prosciutto tightly around the venison tenderloin. Seal each end by twisting them shut.
  • Repeat the process with the second tenderloin, creating another layer of prosciutto and using the second half of the duxelles. You will now have two pieces of wrapped venison tenderloin. Chill for at least 25 minutes, or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the puff pastry sheets just a tad.
  • Rotate the pastry so it has a corner pointing toward you, like a diamond. Place a wrapped tenderloin in the center of the puff pastry. Fold the corner facing you up and over the tenderloin and brush with egg wash. Fold in each end corner and brush with more egg wash. Fold over the top and press down the seams with the back of a spoon or fork before brushing with egg wash. Repeat the process with the second wrapped tenderloin and the second sheet of puff pastry. Slice slits into the top of the pastry with a sharp knife.
  • Bake deer Wellington in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the venison registers 130 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and allow Wellington to rest for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • Duxelles can be made up to one day ahead, as well as the wrapped tenderloin.
  • Removing the meat at 130 degrees means that carryover cooking will bring the tenderloin up to at least 135, or medium rare. For a more rare tenderloin, cook only 20 minutes. For a more well-done Wellington, cook longer.
  • Recipe adapted from Delish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 5mg