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Junior Wellingtons


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.


  • 1½ lbs lean ground beef
  • 3 eggs, 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 large cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (one 17.3-oz package), defrosted as instructed on package
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese


  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, 2 eggs, yolk, buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce, Baby Bam, garlic, Italian Essence, and salt. Using a wooden spoon or your clean hands, stir well to combine.
  2. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions, about ¾ cup each. Pat into patties 3½ inches in diameter and 1 inch thick each. Wash your hands.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and, when hot, cook 2 patties at a time until browned on both sides but not cooked all the way through: 2 minutes on the first side, and 1 minute on the second side. Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside on a plate to cool. Repeat with the remaining patties.
  4. Refrigerate the patties for 30 minutes. Position rack in center of oven. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. While the meat is cooling, lightly dust a work surface with the flour. Roll out one puff pastry sheet to about 1/16-inch thickness and cut four 6-inch rounds from the sheet. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry sheet.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining egg with the water and beat with a whisk or fork to make and egg wash. Place 4 of the pastry rounds on the prepared baking sheet and, using the pastry brush, paint a ½ -inch border of the egg wash around each of the 4 rounds.
  6. Place a chilled hamburger patty in the middle of the round and top each with 1 slice of cheese, letting the edges hang over the sides of the patty. Top the cheese with the remaining pastry rounds, pressing the edges together with a fork to seal. Paint the top and sides of each pastry round with the egg wash and, using the tip of a paring knife, cut a small "x" in the top of each Wellington to allow steam to escape.
  7. Bake the Wellingtons until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve the Wellingtons immediately.

Skill Level: Difficult

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Recipes compiled by iMOM Staff.


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