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Here’s a little number that may come in handy for the holidays – Mushroom Wellington with Rosemary and Pecans. This, my friends the perfect, most elegant, vegan main dish for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or holiday table! And the best part? It is very simple!!!
What I love about this recipe, is that you can make it in stages, making the filling a day ahead, refrigerating, then rolling and baking right before the meal. That way it is soooooooo easy. You can also bake this ahead and reheat, but I find it’s “prettier” baked the day of.
Earthy, savory mushrooms and toasty, nutty pecans are enfolded in a tender golden flaky crust. Non-vegans will love it too. Does it really get better than this?! It’s made simple with store-bought puff pastry (many brands out there are vegan) and can be made ahead – a godsend for those of us with compact kitchens. Each recipe makes two 12-14 inch rolls.
Keep both vegan or add cheese to one for more variety. Either way, your guests are sure to enjoy. Plus they taste great the next day and are so easy to make!
How to Make Mushroom Wellington! | 30 Second Video
For this recipe, I recommend reading it all the way through before starting. It’s a simple recipe really, and after you do it once, I know you’ll find other ways to fill and adapt it.
It starts with creating the flavorful mushroom filling.
Then its a matter of laying it on the pastry dough and and rolling it up!
Brush with an egg, or “eggless” wash (see the recipe) and score.
This works better if you brush with wash first, not after like you see I did here in the photo.
So “egg” wash first, then score!
I used a clean razor for this. Feel free to use a very sharp knife … or to try other designs, herringbone is nice too, along with leaves and vines.
Bake it at 400F for 35-40 minutes, checking and rotating after 20.
Let it get a deep golden color.
Please friends –I don’t want to see any pale pastries on Instagram! Golden and flaky! Be patient. 🙂
You want all the layers to cook through.
This recipe was inspired by Nicole over at Delicious Everyday, who makes her vegan puff pastry from scratch, which is an option too. I’ve adapted her idea and simplified it here, but feel free to embellish as you like. Once you get the basic idea, it will be easy to add your own personal touches.
I hope you like this Vegan Mushroom Wellington as much as we do. A beautiful vegan main dish for the holidays!
For more Vegan Dinner recipes… go here! 40 Mouthwatering Vegan Dinner Recipes!
Cheers and love,
Mushroom Wellington with Rosemary and Pecans – a simple, tasty vegan main dish, that can be made ahead, perfect for holiday gatherings! *Make sure to thaw your puff pastry before you start ( overnight in the fridge is easiest!)
- 2 sheets vegan puff pastry, thawed in the fridge overnight.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
- 2 pounds mushrooms, sliced, stems OK (except Shiitake stems)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4–6 fat garlic cloves, rough chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or sage, or thyme)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup sherry wine ( not sherry vinegar) marsala wine, ruby port (or red wine or white wine) – or leave it out! see notes.
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans ( or feel free to sub hazelnuts or walnuts)
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons truffle oil ( optional)
- OPTIONS -if you want to add cheese, add ½ – 1 cup grated pecorino, gruyere, goat cheese or cream cheese- or use a meltable vegan cheese- or make vegan ricotta!
- “Egg” wash – use nut milk, cream or melted coconut oil to brush on the pastry. If not worried about it being vegan, whisk an egg with a tablespoon of water.
- Make sure your puff pastry is thawed before you start.
- Preheat oven to 400F
- MAKE THE FILLING: Heat oil in an extra-large skillet or dutch oven, over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt and rosemary and saute, stirring often, until mushrooms release all their liquid. Turn heat down to medium, and continue sauteing until all the liquid has evaporated, be patient, this will take a little time! Once the mushrooms are relatively dry in the pan, splash with the sherry wine and balsamic vinegar and again, sauté on medium heat until all the liquid has cooked off. This is important- you absolutely do not want a watery filling ( it will turn into a mess!). Add the toasted chopped pecans, pepper, truffle oil. Taste, adjust salt to your liking. At this point, you could fold in some cheese if you like.
- Let the filling cool 15-20 minutes (you could make the filling a day ahead and refrigerate).
- Fill Pastry: When the filling is at room temp, unroll the puff pastry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place half the filling in a mound along the center (see photo) and working quickly, roll the pastry up, and over, seam side down. Fill and roll the second sheet.
- Brush with the egg or eggless wash.
- Score the pastry using a razor blade or sharp knife with your choice of design – cross-hatch, herringbone, leafy vine or just simple diagonal slits.
- Bake: Place sheet pan on the middle rack in the oven for 35 minutes, checking at 2o mins, and rotating pan for even browning if necessary. Let the pastry bake until it is a really deep golden color – to ensure it’s done and flaky all the way through. You may need to add 5 more minutes depending on your oven. Convection will help if you have this setting (use it for the last 10 minutes) Please, let’s not have any pale pastries!!! Nice and golden!
- Cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving. Garnish with Rosemary Sprigs. It’s OK to serve at room temp, but warm is best.
- See notes for making ahead!
Feel free to add other veggies to the mushrooms, just as long as the filling is not watery and still has flavor (adjust salt and seasonings!). Roasted parsnips, wilted spinach, roasted sweet potatoes or butternut, sautéed kale, roasted sunchokes ….would all work well here.
When I made these, I made one roll vegan and one with cheese. Both are good. 😉
If making ahead, I would recommend making the filling ahead, then assemble and bake the day of. OR you can also make and bake the whole thing ahead and reheat ( letting it come to room temp first). If baking ahead, bake until the puff pastry is cooked through, but not too golden. Let it get golden when reheating. It will look “prettier” baked the day of.
You can leave out the wine altogether, and not replace it with anything. I find it does add another level of complexity, but up to you.
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