Ground Beef 'Wellington' with Fennel


I took the idea of wrapping beef in pastry from the traditional beef Wellington to make a simpler dish with the kick of fennel seeds and cayenne. I serve these with tomato sauce.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 pastries


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ¼ cup fennel, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 eggs

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, fennel, and garlic. Cook and stir until the fennel is tender, and the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the fennel seed and red pepper flakes, and cook for 1 minute more. Meanwhile, beat the egg in a bowl, then mix in the ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, and salt. Add the cooked vegetable mixture, and stir until combined.

  3. Separate the crescent roll dough into two squares. Divide the meat mixture among the crescent roll squares, then seal the dough around the meat. Place seam-side-down onto the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the pastry has turned golden-brown, and the center of the pastries registers 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) on a kitchen thermometer, about 30 minutes. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

536 Calories
35g Fat
28g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 536
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 1135mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 339mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.