Classic beef Wellington is a dish made by wrapping a portion of beef tenderloin in puff pastry with a mushroom filling in between. With this salmon and spinach version, the assembly process is simplified and each diner will have their own individual pastry. –Anna Olson
Salmon and Spinach Wellingtons
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1½ lb (675 g) fresh whole spinach leaves or 1 lb (450 g) frozen and thawed chopped spinach If you use fresh spinach, choose a large-leaf variety, which has a little more structure and flavour, instead of baby spinach.
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 sheets (900 g) store-bought all-butter puff pastry
- 4 (5 oz/150g) skinless salmon fillets
- Whisk the egg with the cold water. Store unused egg wash in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the spinach. Sauté until wilted (if using fresh) and any excess liquid has evaporated. Add the garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let the spinach cool completely, then chill before assembling the Wellingtons.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Assemble the Wellingtons. If using homemade puff pastry, divide the dough into four portions and roll out each one into an 8-inch (20 cm) square. If using store-bought sheets of prerolled pastry, trim each piece to an 8-inch (20 cm) square. Divide half of the spinach among the pastry squares, mounding it in the middle. Lightly season the fish and place a fillet on top of the spinach. Spoon the remaining spinach on top of the fish. Bring the corners of the pastry together, pinch the seams to seal the parcels and place, seam side down, on the baking tray. You can assemble the Wellingtons up to 6 hours ahead and chill before baking.
- Brush each Wellington with the egg wash. Use the back of a paring knife to mark a pattern on top of each parcel, but do not cut through the pastry.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until the pastry is a rich golden brown. Serve immediately. (The Wellingtons are best hot from the oven right after baking. Leftovers can be reheated for 15 minutes in a 325°F (160°C) oven.)
Excerpted from Anna Olson’s Baking Wisdom: The Complete Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make You a Better Baker (with 150+ Recipes) by Anna Olson. Copyright © 2023 Olson Food Concepts Inc. Photography by Janis Nicolay. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.