Chicken Wellington with Morels, Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

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  Puff pasty is divine.  What puff pastry dish doesn't taste good?  Whether sweet or savory, puff pastry is manna from heaven.  Light, crispy, airy, delicate. It's exact origin is unknown.  Some have attributed it to Claude Gelée, a French painter in the 17th century, who reportedly made it for his sick father.  Forget the chicken noodle soup, right?  Who wouldn't feel better after eating puff pastry?? But references to puff pastry date back even earlier to Middle Eastern-influenced phyllo dough, a close relative that is layered with olive oil instead of butter. Puff pastry is pricey, but understandably so.  It's time-consuming to make and uses lots and lots of butter.  Dough is rolled out, layered with butter, folded, rolled out again, layered with butter...this process is repeated a gazillion times.  To give you an idea, depending on what you're making with it, Julia Child recommends anywhere from 73 to 730 layers!  Ummm, thanks Julia, but no thanks.  As much as I would like to spend hours rolling, buttering, folding, rolling, etc, to make my own puff pastry (NOT!  I think I'd as soon impale myself on a rotisserie spit), I opt for store-bought.  Party pooper, I know. But whether homemade or store-bought, the fact remains that puff pastry is the food of the gods. NOW, just when you thought puff pastry didn't get any better...enter the Morel Mushroom.
Morel
  Prized by gourmet cooks, painstakingly hunted each season throughout various regions of the world, and enjoyed in fine cuisine for its incomparable flavor, morel mushrooms are a mushroom lover's dream. So here we have two specimens of culinary bliss:  Puff Pastry and Morels.  These two special edibles deserve to be united.  After all, they are a match made in heaven. Well, I've put on my match-making chef's hat and have done exactly that.  I've paired the two in a dish that will taunt, relax, excite, and delight your taste buds. Morels pair exceptionally well with chicken and the addition of sweet caramelized onions and creamy gorgonzola take it to an additional level.
Sautéed in butter, deglazed with white wine, seasoned with fresh parsley and then paired with caramelized onions and gorgonzola atop a tender, succulent breast of chicken wrapped in heaven's own puff pastry and baked to perfection.  And then, to add an additional touch of palatial bliss, served with a delicate Parmesan cheese cream sauce. And there you have it.  An elegant and delicious Chicken Wellington with Morels, Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola. Why should you make this dish? Say it with me:  "Because I'm worth it."
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Let's get started!
If using fresh morels or cremini mushrooms, skip this step.
First we're going to reconstitute the dried morels.   Place them in a bowl.
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Pour boiling water over them and let them sit for 30 minutes.
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While the morels are soaking, chop the onion.
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Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat and saute the onions for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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Transfer the onions to a bowl.
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While the onions are cooking, remove the morels from the liquid and squeeze thoroughly.
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Chop the morels.
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Melt the butter in the skillet and saute the morels for about 5-6 minutes.
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Add the wine, parsley, and a pinch of salt, deglazing the bottom of the pan. Simmer until the wine is evaporated. Transfer the mushrooms to a small plate, reserving two tablespoons for the cream sauce.
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Sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper on both sides of the chicken breasts.
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Heat a little olive oil in the skillet over medium high heat and brown the chicken on both sides.  Transfer to a plate.
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Combine the egg and water and whisk.
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Roll the puff pastry out to about a 7 inch diameter square.
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Gather the ingredients.
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Place half of the gorgonzola in the center of the puff pastry.
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Place half of the morels on top of the gorgonzola.
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Place half of the onions on top of the morels.
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Place a chicken breast on top of the onions.
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Brush all four sides of puff pastry with the egg mixture.
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Fold the corners of the puff pastry in toward the chicken.
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Pinch the seams together.
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Brush the whole side with the egg mixture.
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Invert the wellington onto a baking sheet, seam side down.  If you want, cut out a few decorative leaves or design of your choice with any remaining puff pastry, brushing underneath them with egg mixture to ensure that they adhere.
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Brush the wellington with the egg mixture.  Bake in the oven preheated at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the wellington is a rich golden brown.
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While the wellington is baking, prepare the Parmesan cream sauce.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in 1/2 tablespoon of flour until blended and smooth.  Add the cream and whisk until combined and smooth, add the reserved morel/parsley mixture and simmer for 2 minutes, whisking regularly.  Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the Parmesan until smooth and creamy.
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  Remove your two beautiful masterpieces from the oven, cut each one in half, place them on four plates with your choice of steamed vegetables, and serve with a little sauce drizzled next to the wellington (do not pour it on top or the puff pastry will be soggy). Prepare to fall in love…deeply in love.
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Chicken Wellington with Morels, Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 oz dried morel mushrooms, reconstituted and chopped (see instructions below), or 5 oz fresh morels or cremini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsely, minced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 oz gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry (rolled out to about 7 inch diameter squares)
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • For the Parmesan Morel Cream Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons reserved sauteed morels
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. To reconstitute the dried morels, place the morels in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze the liquid from the mushrooms and chop them.
  2. Pound each chicken breast to an even thickness. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat and saute the onions, adding a pinch of salt, until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the onions to a small plate.
  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add the chopped morels. Saute for about 5-6 minutes and then add the wine, parsley, and a pinch of salt, deglazing the bottom of the pan. Simmer until the wine is evaporated. Transfer the mushrooms to a small plate, reserving two tablespoons for the cream sauce.
  5. Add a tablespoon of oil or butter to the skillet and once it's hot add the chicken breasts. Fry on both sides until browned. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. Place the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured work surface.
  8. Spoon half of the blue cheese mixture in the center of each sheet. Top with half of the caramelized onions, then half of the morels. Place the chicken breasts on top.
  9. Brush some of the egg mixture along each side of the puff pastry sheets. Carefully fold the corners of the puff pastry sheets up over the chicken and press to seal. Brush with the egg mixture. Place the each chicken wellington seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Brush all sides with the egg mixture.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastries are a rich golden brown.
  11. For the Parmesan Morel Cream Sauce:
  12. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour until blended and smooth. Add the heavy cream, whisking continually until smooth and thickened. Add the reserved morel mushroom mixture and simmer for two minutes. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the Parmesan cheese until dissolved. Cut each wellington in half and serve with the sauce.

 

 

20 Responses

  1. Tori

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    ooh so pretty! i love it!

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Thanks, Tori! I know, it was almost a shame to cut into it!

  2. wrote on

    That reminds me I have to buy puff pastry this weekend :D

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Puff. Pastry. Two beautiful, beautiful words! What wonderful things are you going to make with it this weekend?

  3. wrote on

    I wanted to stop by and wish you the best of luck in this challenge…it’s an honor to be competing with you and everyone else that were chosen. This recipe looks utterly delicious and is on my short list to prepare.

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Thanks, Laurrie and the same to you! Thanks for visiting!

  4. wrote on

    This looks really delicious! What a great idea. I’m glad to be part of this contest with so many other talented bloggers!

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Thanks, Amy and ditto! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. wrote on

    This looks awesome – like something out of a movie!
    I voted for you in the internal poll – I’ll have to try this recipe out soon. I’ll have to sub the morels for something since I used all mine up!

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Thanks for the compliment and for the vote! :) Some lovely caramelized cremini mushroom would work beautifully as well.

  6. wrote on

    This was really easy & delicious! I used dried chanterelles since morels were too expensive. The chicken was moist and the filling was delicious. I used blue gorgonzola in the sauce as well, and added a little extra cream to tone it down. My husband and I both enjoyed it, and I’d make this every few weeks.

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Fantastic! I’m so happy you both enjoyed it – thanks for the feedback!

  7. Tonya Braddock

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    I love this recipe!! I have made it several times for family and guests.

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Fantastic, Tonya, it thrills me to hear that! We really love it, too, and it’s marvelous with other kinds of mushrooms as well. Thanks for your feedback! Best, Kimberly

  8. Beth

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    Sounds divine!!! Doing this for a dinner party. What sides, starch and veg, would you recommend?

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Wonderful, Beth! The Wellington is the star of the show so I would recommend sides that are simple and won’t compete with the meal’s focal point. You want the flavors of the Wellington to really shine through. I would recommend something simple yet elegant such as one or two of the following the following: Roasted asparagus spears, a fresh leafy green salad with a vinaigrette dressing (not creamy), fresh green beans or broccoli. For a carb something like a mashed potato and carrot puree seasoned with butter and salt. That would also add some nice color to the plate. And even though it doesn’t need gravy, there will be the drizzle of the cream sauce on the plate from the Wellington. Let us know how it goes!

  9. Christina Hillsman

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    Can his be made a day ahead?

    • The Daring Gourmet

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      Christina, you could sear the chicken and prepare the sauce and filling in advance, but not assemble it in advance as the puff pastry (whether baked or unbaked) will become soggy.

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