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Individual Roast Beef Wellington

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If you love roast beef, then you will adore these cheesy individual roast beef puff pastry Roast Beef Wellington Packets with Creamy Horseradish Sauce.

To satisfy the hard-working appetites in my house, these meat-filled (and portable) “hand pies” hit the spot every time.

Individual roast beef wellingtons in puff pastry stacked on top of each other.

Individual Roast Beef Wellington Recipe

You will not be able to get enough of these amazing, meat-filled hand pies. Better known as “Beef Wellington,” roast beef is combined with mushrooms and Swiss cheese and then baked in a puff pastry crust.

We enjoy this hand-held pastry over traditional (and fancy) Roast Beef Wellington. And boy, is this recipe a keeper!

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I use thinly sliced roast beef from my local grocery deli to make it even easier.

All I have to do is chop up the roast beef, then combine it with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese.

You could easily use chopped roast beef leftovers from Sunday dinner. That is even more heavenly!

What to love about this recipe

  1. These hand pies travel well – they make great meals on the go.
  2. Double the recipe and make a batch for the freezer to bake fresh later.

Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe

  • Button mushrooms
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Deli roast beef
  • Swiss cheese
  • Puff pastry sheets, found in the freezer section at your favorite grocery store
  • Egg (for making the egg wash)
  • Sour cream
  • Mayo
  • Prepared horseradish
  • Worcestershire sauce
Individual beef wellington in puff pastry dipped in horseradish sauce.

How to make Individual Roast Beef Wellington

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. 

When the butter is sizzling a bit, add the mushrooms and garlic, cooking for 2-3 minutes or until the mushrooms are softened slightly and the garlic is fragrant.

Remove from heat and let the mushroom mixture cool slightly. 

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, gently toss the chopped roast beef and cheese together.

Then add the semi-cooled mushroom mixture and toss once more.

Unwrap the puff pastry and lay one sheet onto a lightly floured work surface. 

Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry to about 12″ x 12″ in size, then cut the puff pastry sheet in half diagonally to create two triangles.

Mound one-quarter of the prepared roast beef filling onto one side of a puff pastry triangle, leaving about 1/2″ of space around the outer edge of the triangle.

Fold the dough over the filling to create a smaller triangular packet.

Using a fork, press the edges of the dough together to seal the packet tightly; place the packet on a greased baking sheet, then lightly brush the packet with egg wash.

Repeat with the remaining puff pastry dough and filling to create a total of 4 large beef packets.

Bake the roast beef packets, uncovered, on the center rack of the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the packets are nicely golden brown, puffy, and hot throughout.

Serve warm, with the prepared horseradish sauce on the side for dipping.

Tips for working with puff pastry

  • Due to its high-fat content, puff pastry thaws very quickly. Pull that box out of the freezer and unwrap the pastry sheets (there’s 2 individual sheets per 1 lb. box), placing them on your counter to rest at room temperature. In about 20 minutes, the puff pastry sheets should be thawed and ready to use.
  • So what makes puff pastry “puffy”? Butter! Puff pastry is loaded with butter and as it bakes, all the little pockets of butter create steam, causing the pastry to puff, becoming super delicate layers of goodness.
  • Bake puff pastry delicacies at a high temperature (375 – 400 degrees F) for a quick, golden brown experience.
  • Whether sweet or savory, you can have a puff pastry appetizer, hand pie, or dessert ready in as little as 30 minutes, start to finish. I like to keep a box of puff pastry in my freezer at all times.
Plated individual puff pastry beef wellington with horseradish sauce and roast beef on the plate.

Can puff pastry packets be frozen and baked fresh later?

Yes, and I do it all the time.

I often double the recipe, serving 4 of the roast beef pies to my family for dinner. The second batch I freezer to bake fresh at a later meal.

How should I freeze these roast beef puff pastry pies?

Place the packets onto a large greased baking sheet, then pop them into the freezer as is.

Later, when the packets are frozen solid, remove them from the baking sheet and place all 4 of them into a large freezer bag.

FYI, you can only fit 2 packets into a gallon freezer bag.

Or, you can wrap the frozen pies tightly in foil to freeze them.

How do you bake the individual beef Wellington from frozen?

Do not thaw the puff pastry packets before baking. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the frozen Beef Wellington packets in a single layer onto a baking sheet, leaving a bit of space around each one.

Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until hot throughout and golden brown on top and bottom.

Where will I find prepared horseradish at the grocery store to make the sauce?

This is a great question! Don’t choose the creamy horseradish sauce that’s in the condiment aisle – that’s not the one you want.

Instead, go to the refrigerated area near the meat or cold-cut department to find the prepared horseradish.

Is prepared horseradish the same thing as fresh horseradish?

Yes. Prepared horseradish is freshly grated horseradish that is typically packed in water.

It is not the same thing as creamy horseradish that is made with mayonnaise and found in the condiment aisle.

Does the Creamy Horseradish Sauce make a difference for serving with roast Beef Wellington?

Don’t you dare skip it!!!! How’s that for an answer?

Something about the cool, creamy horseradish sauce alongside the warm and flakey pastries is just absolutely wonderful.

Plus, the horseradish sauce really compliments the savory flavors of the roast beef, too.

Can I use other types of deli meats and shredded cheeses to make puff pastry packets?

Yes! Black Forest Ham is really good when combined with sharp cheddar and we also liked to make a Reuben Puff Pastry Pie using corned beef and Swiss cheese with a little bit of sauerkraut tucked inside; serve with a Thousand Island dipping sauce!

Do I need special tools for making Roast Beef Wellington Hand Pies?

A good skillet is always handy in the kitchen, and you’ll put it to good use in this recipe when sauteing the mushrooms. I’ve been in love with cast iron ever since I began cooking with my Grandma Lucille and my favorite cast iron skillet is the 12-inch Lodge version. It’s a great all-purpose skillet that’s a really good size….not too small and not oversized, either.

Heavy-duty baking sheets really help with good browning, no matter what you are baking. I prefer aluminum baking sheets with a 1-inch rim or steel baking sheets with a 1-inch rim. Keep these baking sheets out of the dishwasher and they will last lots longer.

More Family Favorites

We are big on all things beef around here, since we raise cattle for a living. Some of our other favorite beef meals include Fiesta Ground Beef and Noodle Skillet as well as Beef Barbacoa (made in my Instant Pot!) and Lazy-Butt Beef Subs….my favorite 2-ingredient roast recipe.

Puff Pastry Roast Beef Packets stacked on a platter.

Individual Roast Beef Wellington with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

If you love beef, like my family does, then you will adore these cheesy Roast Beef pies in puff pastry, better known as Roast Beef Wellington Packets. To satisfy the hard-working appetites in my house, these meat-filled (and portable,) "hand pies" hit the spot every time.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 large hand pies
Author: Chef Alli

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. sliced button or baby bella mushrooms
  • 1-2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 lb. deli roast beef, thinly sliced, chopped (may substitute shredded leftover roast beef in place of the deli roast beef, if desired)
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. box Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed (there are 2 puff pastry sheets in a box)
  • 1 egg beaten with 1/2 Tbs. water to create an egg wash

Horseradish Sauce

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tsp. freshly grated horseradish, or more if desired
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large saute pan or skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter.  When the butter is sizzling a bit, add the mushrooms and garlic, cooking for 2-3 minutes or until the mushrooms are softened slightly and the garlic is fragrant; remove from heat and let the mushroom mixture cool slightly. 
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, gently toss the chopped roast beef and cheese together, then add the semi-cooled mushroom mixture and toss once more.
  • Unwrap the puff pastry and lay one sheet out onto a very lightly floured work surface.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry to about 12" x 12" in size, then cut the puff pastry sheet in half diagonally to create two triangles.
  • Mound one quarter of the prepared roast beef filling onto one side of a puff pastry triangle, leaving about 1/2" of space around the outer edge of the triangle; fold the dough over the filling. to create a smaller triangular packet.
    Using a fork, press the edges of the dough together to seal the packet tightly; place the packet on a greased baking sheet, then lightly brush the packet with egg wash.   Repeat with the remaining puff pastry dough and filling to create a total of 4 large beef packets.
  • Bake the roast beef packets, uncovered, on the center rack of the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the packets are nicely golden brown, puffy and hot throughout.
  • Serve warm, with the prepared horseradish sauce on the side for dipping.

Notes

**Be  sure to check the blog post for lots of my favorite tips and tricks, specific instructions, recommended tools and FAQ’s for making this recipe. 


A stack of Roast Beef Wellington packets on a platter.
Roast Beef Wellington packets on a white platter with creamy sauce on the side.
Roast Beef Welling Packets on a platter with horseradish sauce.
Roast Beef Wellington packets stuffed with roast beef and Swiss cheese, then baked until golden brown.
A roast beef hand pit dipped in creamy sauce.

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was soo very good! My family loved it and I’m sure we will have it again and again! It was a great meal with a tossed salad!

    1. Hi Barbara –
      I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the Beef Wellington Packets – aren’t those little bundles of heaven the bomb??? My family doesn’t appreciate the creamy horseradish sauce, but that just leaves more for ME. 🙂
      Thanks for your message here.
      Your fan,
      Chef Alli

    1. Hi Mandy –
      These are a big hit around my house…no matter when I serve them. I’m thinking about making them with a big pot of soup this year for Christmas Eve – I like keeping things EASY! 🙂
      Hope your family enjoys them!
      Let’s Keep Cookin’,
      Chef Alli

    1. Hi Morgan –
      So glad your hubs liked the Roast Beef Wellington Packets. My guys love ’em so I try to keep some in my freezer to pop into the oven when I’m at a loss for time. Works like a charm!
      Thanks for your comment and rating here – I really appreciate it.
      Sincerely,
      Chef Alli

  2. When freezing, do you bake the packets first and then freeze? Thaw and reheat?? Or do you freeze before baking? Thaw and bake?? Or frozen direct to oven???

    1. Hi Tacy –
      Bake the Roast Beef Wellington Packets from frozen – there’s no need to thaw them first. Place the frozen packets in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for 25-30 minutes or until hot throughout and golden brown on top and bottom. Enjoy – these are simply delicious!
      Thank you,
      Chef Alli

    1. Hi Jolene –
      You sure can use leftover steak in these beef Wellington packets! Slice it super thinly, across the grain, and it will be nice and tender. Perfect!!
      Chef Alli

  3. 5 stars
    Bless your heart for sharing your recipe. I’ve been looking for my old recipe for weeks. I used to make these for my family and they were always a sure dinner time pleaser! They were a little different, but these sound really wonderful!

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