A firm Christmas favourite, and one that’ll turn mushroom haters into mushroom lovers. My meaty vegan mushroom wellington is the perfect little showstopper for Christmas and every roast dinner in between.
My “meaty” vegan mushroom wellington boasts awesome texture with a combination of innovative ingredients and plant-protein. It’s a fun vegan spin on the traditional beef wellington.
The best bit? It’s pretty straightforward and in a bit, I’ll recommend the kitchen tools that make the job even easier.
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What makes this vegan mushroom wellington so meaty and tasty?
For the main bulk of filling, I have used a combination of chestnut and oyster mushrooms, along with soy mince, jackfruit and chestnuts.
Using a combination of these ingredients creates an inviting array of textures, which are very meat-like when cooked together.
Often people question why meaty textures are popular among vegans. If you’re interested in reading more about this, then take a read of this article.
I have also used Maris Piper potato in this which is one of my favourite kinds – famous for its creamy and fluffy texture. The potato soaks up loads of flavour and juices from the filling once in the oven. LOVE IT!
Due to the lovely textures and flavour, this vegan mushroom wellington will please vegans and win over your meat-eating friends and family too. I promise!
The health benefits:
Jackfruit is well known for its high dietary fibre, and mushrooms are a powerful superfood. The soy mince packs in a load of protein and the chestnuts? Well, it’d be rude not to use chestnuts at Christmas; but they do lend a smoky and slightly sweet flavour.
With their umami flavour and meaty texture, Oyster mushrooms are perfect as a meat substitute in vegan cooking. Their texture is often likened to abalone or scallops, which makes them a versatile option for vegan ‘seafood’ dishes as well.
They provide some awesome meaty texture in this recipe too!
In recent developments of scientific research, studies have found that Oyster mushrooms produce Lovastatin naturally, which is a drug used in treating excessive blood cholesterol.
They are also known to have incredibly high levels of the antioxidant, ergothioneine, which is widely known to decrease inflammation within the body and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Therefore, oyster mushrooms are a brilliant superfood to incorporate into your cooking.
Is puff pastry vegan?
Traditional homemade puff pastry recipes aren’t vegan. They require butter, but you can easily sub this out for a dairy-free alternative.
There are plenty of benefits to going dairy-free – if you fancy reading more, then check out this article.
When choosing a vegan butter for this kind of baking, then you’ll want to select one that acts very similarly to dairy butter blocks. My current favourites are:
- Vegan Block by Naturli
- Flora’s Plant Butter
Both have a lovely flavour and work fantastic in cooking and baking. Also, I believe Stork’s Original Baking Block (not their margarine) is vegan.
As much as I love to get into making pastry, sometimes I want a quick cheat. So, if you’re like me and want a short-cut, then my favourite is pre-made puff pastry sheets. Jus Rol and most supermarket-own brands are vegan – double-check the label when you’re next shopping.
Useful tools for this vegan wellington recipe?
I’m a firm believer that having the right tools in your kitchen makes home-cooking soooooo much easier. For this recipe, I highly recommend the following:
- A food processor – helps finely chop all those ingredients VERY quickly
- A sharp knife – very handy for slicing your potato
- Measuring spoons – always great for accuracy
What I love about this recipe, is that you can make it in stages, making the filling a day ahead, refrigerating, then loading it onto the pastry and baking right before your meal.
This recipe has featured as part of my Instagram IGTV recipe series, Vegan In Lockdown: Christmas Special. You can watch the series over on Instagram – I release a new episode every week on Monday and Wednesday (6pm BST) in the lead up to Christmas 2020.
I hope you enjoy this recipe – it’s the perfect little showstopper to your vegan Christmas. I’d love it if you could leave me some feedback and a cheeky follow on social.
Much love, G x
- 100g chestnut mushroom
- 150g oyster mushroom
- 100g Jackfruit
- 50g chestnuts
- 50g granose soy mince
- 1 Organic Veg stock
- 1 large Shallot
- 50g leek
- 3 garlic cloves
- A few sprigs of fresh Thyme
- A few sprigs of fresh Rosemary
- Pinch of mixed herbs
- Olive oil
- Sea salt (my fave brand is Maldon)
- Black pepper
- 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
- 1 large maris piper potato, thinly sliced
- 1 puff pastry sheet
Vegan Egg Wash:
- 1 tbsp oat milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Blitz the chestnut and oyster mushroom in a food processor until finely chopped (less than 30 seconds), then place in a bowl. You can blitz ingredients in separate batches if your processor capacity is small.
- Next, blitz the jackfruit and chestnuts together until finely chopped (less than 30 seconds). Then add these to the bowl and combine well with the mushrooms.
- Boil the kettle. Place the dehydrated soy mince in a small bowl and crumble over 1 vegetable stock cube. Pour in a large dash of boiling water and stir well until the soy mince has soaked up the water and the stock has dissolved.
- Next, roughly chop the leek, shallot and peel 3 garlic cloves. Then blitz these in the food processor until finely chopped (approx. 5 seconds). Add a large pinch of mixed herbs and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme (leaves only). Blitz again for a few seconds.
- On medium-high heat, fry off the leek, shallot and garlic until softened. Then add the soy mince and stock and cook together for a few more minutes.
- Finally add the mushrooms, jackfruit and chestnuts to the pan ingredients and stir well. Season with a large pinch of sea salt, a generous grinding of black pepper and 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard.
- Add a dash of water to help steam the ingredients and cook for approximately 10 minutes on a lower heat until the moisture has released, and ingredients have cooked through.
- Thinly slice one Maris Piper potato and roll out your puff pastry. Pre-heat your oven to 180C. We’ll place the filling along one-third of the pastry, so feel free to score two guidelines for this.
- Layer over the slices of potato. Maris Piper potatoes are delicious – they’ll soak up all those juices and flavours from the filling. Next, load on the filling and mould into a large sausage shape.
- Very carefully roll the pastry over the top of the filling until you have a log. Press down to seal the edges. Trim the side and seal it with some fork marks. Get creative with any spare pastry cut-offs.
Remember to score the top with a sharp knife.
- Make a vegan egg wash – whisk together the oat milk, maple syrup and olive oil. Brush or rub a little over the pastry. Then carefully place the wellington on a baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until puffed and golden. Serve with all the traditional Christmas trimmings.