Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Beef Wellingtons

Oh college. There are times I really miss college. Strangely, some of the things I miss have to do with the cafeteria (which at my alma mater was "The Commons"). Everybody seems to have vehement complaints about the various cafeterias they've encountered in their lives; certainly my high school cafeteria wasn't anything special. They had good bagels, but those came from Outside. Fridays were Domino's day. But, I digress.

At college, in the week following a ham dinner night, there would be these magical things that appeared during a lunch time: ham and cheese Wellingtons. At the time, I wasn't culinarily knowledgeable in the least, so I couldn't tell what the flakey buttery golden dough was around the ham and cheese. I'd never encountered if before. Was it from the croissant dough (the croissants were also magical, by the way)? Was it filo? Gordon Ramsay's Wellington, I know now, uses puff pastry.

But, I didn't know that then, or even just out of college, when I tried to recreate the Wellington experience. I used canned crescent rolls (you know, the "peel 'til it explodes" type?). They were all right, but not the same at all. Even knowing about the puff pastry, I haven't tried that yet. But, the other day, I made a big hunk o' beef in the crock pot, to have for the week, and the day after, I rolled out biscuits and made some "beef Wellingtons" with that.


Still not the same. But very, very tasty.


I promise, every last thing I cook isn't carby and cheesy. Those just seem to be the ones that I post here!

14 comments:

  1. those look like awesomely homemade hot pockets. and, on a side note, the best thing going at my college cafeteria was brunch on sundays. amazing.

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  2. I like the "vegetarian" filet weelington very much - but yours look yummy too - I'm hungry ;o)

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  3. We like cheesy, carby things - so thank you for posting this! :) Yum!

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  4. Ooo! Hot pockets! Y'know, my high school AND college cafeterias were great. Especially high school. Deep south Louisiana - po' boys for lunch were amazing. *drool*

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  5. My college cafeteria celebrated National Jello Day...every day. I'm envious of yours.

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  6. Oh both my high school and college were AWFUL!! I never ate at either one really. I always brought something, or went off campus. I cannot tell you what was in half the stuff in there, butt it never looked very appealing. I envy your experience.
    I think your creation looks amazing BTW! Ya know, most supermarkets sell all kinds of dough, usually in the freezer section. I've seen filo, pastry, biscut,etc. You should give them ALL a try!! BOL just sayin'...
    Kisses,
    Ruby
    pees: there is nothing wrong with carby and cheesey!!!

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  7. Woof! Woof! Mmmm CHEESE ... must be the ingredient today for Tasty Tuesday. We did not see your post/url on the hop. Please add it its on our blog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  8. Oh these sound and look delish! I'm thinking phyllo would be so tasty!

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  9. Nothing like a puffy pastry to start the day :)

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  10. oooooohhhhhhhhh! I adore beef wellington. It really is best with puff pastry, but your beefy, cheesy concoction sounds amaaaaaaaazing.

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  11. And what's wrong with carbs and cheese?

    Of course my husband has gone vegan for Lent and as proud as I am of creating a cream of broccoli soup without cream, I'm starting go a little wacko without cheese.

    So bring on the food porn.

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  12. They look tasty. I cannot eat wheat/gluten but I do have some corn tortillas that I am going to use tonight to make something with. Currently I'm thinking of seasoning the beef and then rolling the beef and cheese up in the tortillas and baking them. We'll see how this idea works! LOL

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