Can beef wellington be made ahead of time?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “can beef wellington be made ahead of time,” discuss what are the pros and cons of making beef wellington ahead of time, and can I make beef wellington the day before Christmas?

Can beef wellington be made ahead of time?

Yes, beef wellington can be made ahead of time.

You can make the beef wellington up to 3 days before you plan to serve it, but you will need to store it in a tightly sealed container and keep it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, just reheat the beef wellington in a 350-degree oven until heated through (about 15 minutes).

What is beef wellington?

Beef Wellington is a dish that consists of beef, mushrooms, and a pate-like spread wrapped in pastry. The pastry is usually made with puff pastry or a shortcrust pastry. It can also include eggs and butter.

What are the pros and cons of making beef wellington ahead of time?


  • You can make the meal ahead of time and then cook it when you are ready. This gives you more time to enjoy your guests rather than cooking.
  • The meat will not dry out as quickly because it has been refrigerated.
  • If your beef wellington is made with puff pastry, it will be easier to cut once it has been baked, because the pastry becomes flaky and easy to cut.


You may need to increase the amount of liquid in your beef wellington recipe if you make it ahead of time because the juices will be absorbed into the meat while it sits in the refrigerator, making it drier than it would be if served immediately after cooking.

Can I make beef wellington the day before Christmas?

Yes, you can make beef wellington the day before Christmas.

However, if you want to enjoy all the flavors of the dish, it is best to prepare the beef wellington the day before and refrigerate it overnight, then bake it in an oven on Christmas Day.

The reason for this is that if you prepare beef wellington on Christmas Day itself, all of your ingredients will have been sitting out at room temperature for too long. This can lead to spoilage and food-borne illness if not stored properly.

What do you need to make beef wellington?

You need the following to make beef wellington:

  • Beef tenderloin pounded thin
  • Duxelles (mushrooms cooked in butter and herbs)
  • Cream sauce
  • Puff pastry dough, thawed
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

What are the tips for making beef wellington?

There are many different ways to make beef wellington, but here is the most popular method here.

First, you’ll need to prepare the puff pastry. You can do this by mixing flour, salt, and water together in a bowl until it forms a dough. Then roll out your dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and cut into two rectangles that are about 8-inches long by 5-inches wide.

Next, place your beef filet in the center of one sheet of puff pastry. Then brush with egg wash (an egg beaten with a splash of water) and top with some dried thyme leaves. Make sure not to overstuff it because you want room for the mushrooms!

Next is the tricky part: folding over your second sheet of puff pastry so that it covers everything but leaves some room around the edges, this will help prevent leakage during baking! Brush some more egg wash over the top before baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

When done baking, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving with a side salad or veggies!

What to serve with beef wellington?

Here are some of our favorite recipes to serve with beef wellington:

  • Creamy mashed potatoes with chives
  • Roasted root vegetables with brown butter sauce
  • Herb roasted red potatoes
  • Steamed peas

How to store beef wellington?

Here are some tips on how to store beef wellington so it stays fresh:

  1. First of all, keep your beef wellington refrigerated until you’re ready to cook it. If you leave it out at room temperature while preparing the rest of your meal, bacteria can grow on it, which will make it taste bad and cause food poisoning.
  1. When refrigerating your beef wellington, wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap before putting them in a Tupperware container (or another airtight container) with a lid. This way, there won’t be any cross-contamination from other foods in your fridge, and if any moisture gets on one piece during storage or cooking, it won’t spread to all of them!
  1. You can also freeze your beef wellington if you’re not going to use it right away; just make sure that when you reheat it later on (either in the microwave or oven), take care not to overcook the meat so that it dries out too much!

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