Walnut & Mushroom Wellington
A meaty hearty meal without the cruelty. Feast vegan style with all the trademarks of a traditional Christmas roast meal. Serve this up with generous lashings of gravy, sides of roast vegetables. Satisfaction and a full belly guaranteed. You can use either regular vegan or vegan gluten free pastry. The GF pastry is a little more delicate and smaller in size than the original but the results are both mouth-watering.
Recipe by Nadia Fragnito
SERVES 6 | 45 MINUTES
1 cup walnuts
½ cup cashews
½ cup gluten free breadcrumbs
6 medium mushrooms, approximately 200g
1 tablespoon ‘beef’ style Massel stock powder
1 teaspoon crushed garlic or powder
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1 handful fresh parsley
¼ cup water
1 handful baby spinach
½ carrot, peeled in strips
2 sheets thawed gluten free vegan puff pastry
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat fan forced oven to 200C.
Process all mince ingredients except the water in a food processor for about 1 minute to break into smaller pieces, like a mince.
With the processor still running, pour in the water to allow the mince to come together.
Placing your puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured bench, form 1 large rectangle with the 2 sheets, ensuring the sheets are pressed together firmly. Alternatively, break the sheets apart to form a ball of dough. Then roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper, into a rectangle.
Place the walnut mince in the middle of the sheets and using your hands form a firm log in the centre, leaving some room at each end to tuck in the pastry sides.
Layer the spinach and carrot on top of the mince. Press down firmly.
To wrap the pastry, starting with the side closest to you, carefully roll the puff pastry right over the mince and from into a long log, tucking in the pastry ends as you go. Transfer the pastry, fold side down onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. If the pastry comes apart a little, that’s okay, just press the pastry together to cover the gaps.
Using a sharp knife, make large diagonal scores on top of the pastry to help steam escape and for ease of cutting when the pastry is cooked.
Taking a pastry brush, paint the pastry all over with maple syrup. This will create a lovely glaze.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
Serve with roasted vegetables and gravy.