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Make a home for your roast with puff pastry.

Filet of beef “en croute,” better known as Beef Wellington, is a classic holiday dish. Since filet or tenderloin is generally a leaner cut than, say, a ribeye or a Porterhouse, it makes perfect sense to wrap it in something almost completely composed of butter: puff pastry, with a layer of sauteed mushrooms in between to keep things moist and flavorful. 

This recipe hails from France, where the cows are served still mooing. To make sure your roast is cooked to your liking, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest point. 120 degrees is rare, 125 is medium-rare and anything above that is beyond our control.