• 1 pound beef tenderloin fillet
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 500gr mushrooms
  • 4 thin slices Parma ham
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 250gr puff pastry
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten


  1. Season the fillet generously with salt and pepper. Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large pan on high heat. Sear the fillet in the pan on all sides until well browned.
  2. Remove the fillet from the pan and let cool. Once cooled, brush the fillet on all sides with mustard.
  3. Chop the mushrooms and put them into a food processor and puré Heat the sauté pan on medium high heat. Transfer the mushroom purée into the pan and cook, allowing the mushrooms to release their moisture. When the moisture has boiled away, remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside to cool.
  4. Roll out a large piece of plastic wrap. Lay out the slices of ham on the plastic wrap so that they overlap. Spread the mushroom mixture over the ham. Place the beef fillet in the middle, roll the mushroom and ham over the fillet, using the plastic wrap so that you do this tightly. Wrap up the beef fillet into a tight barrel shape, twisting the ends of the plastic wrap to secure. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet to a size that will wrap around the beef fillet. Unwrap the fillet from the plastic wrap and place it in the middle of the pastry dough. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg yolks. Fold the pastry around the fillet, cutting off any excess at the ends and trying to limit the overlap. Place on a small plate, seam side down, and brush beaten egg yolks all over the top. Chill for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Place the pastry-wrapped fillet on a baking pan. Brush the exposed surface again with beaten eggs.
  8. Score the top of the pastry with a sharp knife, not going all the way through the pastry. Sprinkle the top with coarse salt.
  9. Bake at 200°C for 25-35 minutes. The pastry should be nicely golden when done. To ensure that your roast is medium rare, test with an instant read meat thermometer. Pull out at 55°C for medium rare.
  10. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice in 1-inch thick slices.