The ideal way to eat beef — rare, well-done, or somewhere in between — is a hotly debated topic. And as one Redditor taught, challenging someone’s stance on the matter can cause a fierce argument, even among close friends.
The man’s “Am I the A**hole” post has gone viral as readers reacted to his awkward situation caused by a controversial Beef Wellington. His post has garnered more than 17,000 upvotes and nearly 3,000 comments since it was shared on Thursday.
While food safety experts (such as the USDA) generally advise against eating undercooked meats, many believe that the flavor benefits of rare beef outweigh the risks. As nutrition science professor Suki Hertz explained to Thrillist, the most dangerous part of a raw cut of beef is the surface, which can harbor pathogens. As such, cooking the outside of the cut will in most cases make it safe for consumption, even if the inside remains pink.
The anonymous 35-year-old Redditor, u/Kitchen-Vegetable734, explained that his friend, “Brandon”, challenged him to make Beef Wellington – a traditional British dish consisting of a tenderloin wrapped in a mushroom mixture and then puff pastry.
“He said he would pay for the ingredients if I’m willing to make it. I took the offer with the warning that it might not be perfect,” explains u/Kitchen-Vegetable734.
He and Brandon invited six guests to dinner and sent out invitations “well in advance.” “However, a few days before dinner, one of the guests had to cancel,” he wrote. “My solution to this was I would just cut the pieces a little thicker and we would just have a… [seven] person dinner. Brandon even agreed to this.”
But when news broke of an empty spot at the meal, two of the guests, “Kate” and “David,” suggested we bring a mutual friend, “Ava.” However, the Redditor said “no to the suggestion.”
“We’ve known Ava for years. She’s a wonderful person and I have nothing against her,” he explained. “The point is… she doesn’t eat beef with pink. If it was burgers or steaks I could just cook hers the way she likes it, but since a Beef Wellington is a roast the whole thing is cooked through . the same.”
The couple reportedly asked if the entire dish could just be made well-done — which, according to the Redditor, would ruin the meal. They then asked if he could cook Ava’s portion longer. He declined, explaining, “I would have to cut her up and then take it back to the kitchen to continue cooking after the dinner had already started.”
“Kate and David are now accusing me of being uncooperative and shutting Ava out and saying I’m an asshole,” he concluded.
In general, commentators have sided with u/Kitchen-Vegetable734, but the response was barely unanimous.
“The justice is just mind boggling to me,” said u/dougan25 of Kate and David. “OP does something nice for a friend and the friend foots the bill. That’s it. There’s really no need for anyone else to be involved in any way.”
“Kate and David can have their own dinner if they want to decide who to invite, but they have absolutely nothing to say about this. This is very rude of them,” echoed u/Music_withRocks_In.
“Just tell her to put her slice in the microwave,” you/Abadabadon objected. “You sound pretentious about a piece of meat and no one else in your circle of friends has anything to do with it.”
“How hard would it have been to put her portion back in the oven for three minutes after the rest of the meat had slept in? Seriously, this is a weird post,” you/chaosnanny repeated.
news week contacted u/Kitchen-Vegetable734 for comment.