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"Beef Wellington"

It is a choice fillet of beef (often flambeed in brandy) that is covered with liver pate and sliced mushrooms. The meat is then placed in a case of puff pastry and baked in a hot oven.
History: It was named in the mid 19th century in honor of Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), British soldier and statesman. He is best known for his military victory over Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. He was a national hero and was made the first Duke of Wellington to honor him. Because of his love of a dish of beef, truffles, mushrooms, Maderia wine, and pate cooked in pastry, this dish was name Beef Wellington in his honor. He was also Prime Minister of Britain and Ireland. According to Queen Victoria, the Duke was The pride of this country. He was the GREATEST man this country ever produced. To think that all of this is gone; and that this great and immortal man belongs now to History."

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