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Poor Man’s Beef Wellington


Serves 6

  • Vegetable oil for brushing the grilling racks
  • 1pound fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 6ounces white or crimini mushrooms, cleaned
  • 2tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2tablespoons dry white wine (whatever you’re drinking at the time)
  • 2cloves garlic
  • 2teaspoons salt
  • 1/2teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2ounce store bought pate (or use aargersi’s recipe here on food52)
  • 6freshly baked croissants, cut in half lengthwise
  • Dijon mustard
  • 2cups fresh watercress, rinsed and dried

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat and oil the grilling racks.

Combine mushrooms, shallots, white wine, garlic cloves, salt and pepper in a food processor. Jog-blend about 30 seconds or until pureed.

Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large bowl and add the ground chuck. Mix until blended, but don’t handle the meat too much (it’ll make the patties tough).

Form 6 oblong or oval shaped patties (so that later they fit the croissants!)

Place the patties over direct heat and grill those 5-7 minutes, turning only once.

While the patties are cooking, grill the asparagus for 1 1/2-2 minutes or until slightly charred. Set aside.

Towards the end of cooking, place the croissants on the grill to toast a bit too.

To assemble your masterpiece, spread Dijon mustard on the bottom of the toasted croissant and spread a generous amount of pate on the top.

Place a patty on each bottom bun, add a couple of asparagus and a handful of watercress.

Add the top of the croissant and dig in!


Author Notes: If you love Beef Wellington, but don’t want to commit to the time and expense, you’ll love this burger! So live a little! —nannydeb

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