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Can I make a Beef Wellington without prosciutto?

Last time I made beef Wellington it was a bit too salty with the prosciutto. I would like to make it without but every popular recipe calls for it, and I don't want to have soggy dough. Can I use something else?

asked by Charles 25 days ago

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Joanna Sciarrino

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added 25 days ago

You could definitely omit the prosciutto if you found it too salty last time. Just be sure your pastry is rolled thin enough so that it will crisp up for you. Another other option, if you're worried about soggy dough, is to use the prosciutto, but omit salt from the other stages of the process (the duxelles, when you season or sear off the beef). That way you can keep all the main components, but the seasoning will be better balanced.

Hope this helps!

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added 9 days ago

Joanna - I was going to suggest slices of American ham - less salty but still might provide the insulation the crust needs to crisp.

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added 9 days ago

I have never heard of proscuitto in a wellington before. The classic is mushrooms,(duxelles) chicken liver pate and crepes.

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added 9 days ago

Food Network just demo'd the recipe and proscuitto was what was wrapped around the mushroom duxelles.

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