Wellies…. my quick and tasty short cut to Beef Wellington on a budget

Okay first of all I call them my wellies because its not EXACTLY proper Beef Wellington. Just a thrifty approximation… especially thrifty as I bought the entire roll of puff pastry for 85p last week. (bought 2 and froze them)

We cant afford a great big slab of meat… price wise or ration wise. ALDI does however sell some DELICIOUS diced British beef (400g),so…


  • 400g diced beef
  • onion, sliced
  • stock
  • puff pastry
  • a good couple of handfuls of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 to 3 slices of bread, crumbed
  • milk
  • butter
  • mustard
  • pepper


  1. Add either a bit of oil or lard to a sturdy pan. Once dancing hot add the onion and brown of a bit until the edges begin to turn gold.
  2. Add the beef and seal the meat.
  3. Add the crushed stock cube and a little water (or home made stock)
  4. Let the meat/ onions etc cook for a few minutes adding hot water to create a sort of gravy with the stock cube. At this point add your herbs and stir in. (we used rosemary)
  5. Set the meat aside to cool for a whole and then pour, along with gravy, into your container… I used ramekins for single portions.
  6. While the meat is cooling add the bread crumbs to a pot/ pan and add enough milk to turn it to mush… add a good bit of butter (margarine works as well but butter gives a better flavour)
  7. Let the crumbs disintegrate into the liquid along with the butter. Once the basic bread sauce is made add your sliced mushrooms and let them cook.
  8. Add the mustard to taste… to much and it will be inedible… its to add a little kick to the sauce.  Half to one teaspoon should be enough.
  9. Stir frequently to avoid the mixture sticking to the base of the pan/ pot.
  10. Once the mushrooms are cooked let this mix cool slightly before spooning it on top of the meat in your dish(s).
  11. Cut the puff pastry to fit your dish and place in the oven at Gas Mark 7 for about 15 to 20 minutes… or until the pastry turns golden.

This was absolutely gorgeous with carrots, sweetheart cabbage and new potatoes.


One response to “Wellies…. my quick and tasty short cut to Beef Wellington on a budget

  1. Reblogged this on Rationing Revisited and commented:

    This recipe isn’t just cheap but REALLY easy to make. If you wanted to get a bit more creative with the kids you can cut out shapes with the pastry…. why just make round tops? I used some little oven proof ramekins to make handy individual portions… also good if there are some leftover as they’re small and easy to freeze/ store.

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