Vegetarian Wellington

Vegi Wellington

This Christmas everything was vegetarian and “le chef-d’œuvre” was this Vegetarian Welligton originally made by Andy Waters from “Great British Chefs”. As much as I like a good “côte de boeuf” this vegetarian wellington was so delicious, rich and fresh in the same time, that I will definitely consider to cook more vegetarian at special occasions. I’ll put here only the wellington recipe but in the photo it was accompanied by a herby mashed potatoes and a delicious vegetarian gravy (also picked from the Great British Chefs website which became my favorite recipes website).

Vegetarian Wellington
Serves 10
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
  1. 700g sweet potatoes, cut into 2cm chunks
  2. 2 sprig of rosemary, leaves picked
  3. 2 sprig of thyme, leaves picked
  4. 2 red onions, peeled and sliced
  5. 100g of chestnuts, peeled and chopped
  6. 2 slices of sourdough bread
  7. 1 lemon, zest and juice
  8. 10g of butter
  9. 250g of paris mushrooms, finely sliced
  10. 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  11. 200g of curly kale
  12. 200g of baby spinach
  13. 50g of pine nuts
  14. 500g of puff pastry
  15. 1 egg
  16. 2 tbsp of milk
  17. 3 pinches of salt
  18. 2 pinches of pepper
  19. 2 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil (olive oil)
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
  2. 2. Using a pestle and mortar, bash the rosemary and thyme lightly for 1-2 minutes to release the flavor. Mix with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and spread it over the sweet potatoes ensuring that the mixture is well spread all over the potatoes.
  3. 3. Add the sweet potatoes to a large roasting tray. Cover the tray with tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 45 minutes until soft. Remove and allow to cool
  4. 4. Meanwhile, place a saucepan over a medium heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Once hot, add the onions along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. 5. Gently cook the onions, stirring occasionally until softened and lightly browned (around 10 minutes)
  6. 6. Add the crumbled chestnuts to the pan and cook for further 2 minutes
  7. 7. Toast the bread until dark and golden and drizzle with a small dash of olive oil. Tear into small chunks and add the torn toast to the pan with the onions, stir to combine. Stir in the lemon zest and remove the pan from the heat
  8. 8. For the mushrooms, melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until all the liquid from the mushrooms has cooked off and they are soft
  9. 9. Squeeze in a 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Remove the pan from the heat, pour the contents into a blender and blitz into a paste
  10. 10. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Tear the kale into small pieces and cook for 2 minutes, then add the spinach and cook for another 30 seconds. Drain and set aside
  11. 11. In a bowl, mix the kale and spinach with the pine nuts, a dash of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
  12. 12. Now assemble your Wellington. Roll out the puff pastry on a sheet of baking parchment until approximately 30cm x 40cm, then spread the mushroom mixture on top
  13. 13. Toss together the spinach, sweet potato and onion-bread mixture. Spoon it in a thick line down the middle of the pastry, leaving a gap at either side so you can join up the edges of the Wellington
  14. 14. Hold one side of the baking parchment and lift it, with the pastry, towards the centre of the Wellington so the filling is half covered
  15. 15. Peel the baking parchment back, leaving the pastry in place, then repeat with the other side. The pastry should overlap in the middle
  16. 16. Beat the egg with the milk and brush it over the pastry to seal the join
  17. 17. Fold up the ends so the filling doesn't leak out, then carefully roll the Wellington onto a baking sheet, with the seal underneath. Brush all over with the remainder of the egg mix
  18. 18. Bake for 45 minutes until puffed up, golden brown and hot through the middle
Adapted from Andy Waters
Adapted from Andy Waters
Darling, à table!

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