Vegan Wellington Recipe

Serves:

6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 200g (7oz) button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200g (7oz/1¾ cups) cashews
  • 100g (3½oz) fresh white bread
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 2 tbsp shoyu soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Marmite (yeast extract)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 250g (9oz) ready-rolled puff pastry
  • Soya milk, for brushing
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan over a low-medium heat, add the onion and fry for 10 minutes, then add the mushrooms and garlic and cook, stirring, for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

3. Put the cashews and bread into a food processor and process to fine crumbs, then add the onion and mushroom mixture, tarragon, shoyu, yeast extract and lemon juice and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Spread the puff pastry sheet out on the work surface, with the shorter edges at the sides. Place the nut mixture in a rectangle down the centre of the pastry (about 8cm/3in wide), leaving 2cm (3/4in) clear at the top and bottom edges.

5. With a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts in the side pieces of pastry, starting from the top left corner and working towards the filling at about a 45-degree angle, making each strip about 1cm (½in) wide. Repeat on the other side, starting at the top right corner, cutting down towards the filling.

6. Enclose the filling with the pastry strips: fold the end pieces in first, then alternately fold over diagonal strips from each side to create a plaited effect – this is much easier than it sounds. Brush the pastry with soya milk.

7. Gently transfer the pastry to a baking sheet and bake for 45–60 minutes, until it is puffed up, crisp and golden.

Recipe extracted from Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegan by Rose Elliot, MBE (£25, Watkins Publishing)

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