This vegan Wellington is a showstopper centerpiece whatever the occasion. Richly flavored, it satisfies vegans and non-vegans alike! Balsamic seared mushrooms, roasted butternut squash, and caramelized onions mixed with chickpeas, wild rice, spinach, lots of garlic and herbs plus a handful of cranberries. This delicious savory filling is then wrapped in flakey puff pastry and baked to perfection!
Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/gas 6. Toss the butternut squash with the olive oil and spread out evenly on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 25-35 minutes or until lightly caramelized, tossing gently once halfway during baking.
For the Wild Rice and Cranberries:
Meanwhile, cook the wild rice according to the package directions, except use vegan soup stock instead of water, adding an extra 2 tablespoons (30 ml) more broth than what is directed. Place the dried cranberries on top of the rice. The extra broth is to help the cranberries rehydrate.
For the Balsamic Mushrooms:
In a large cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once shimmering, add the mushrooms and cook them for 8-10 minutes or until they are cooked through and have some seared bits. To achieve this, let them cook undisturbed for a few minutes at a time before stirring. Do not add salt until they are cooked or they will release their juices. Once the mushrooms are cooked, add the balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Stir constantly until the liquid has evaporated and the glaze has become a bit sticky. Remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
For the Caramelized Onions:
Rinse out the skillet and dry it. Set it over medium heat and add the oil. Once shimmering, add the diced onions and cook for 15-20 minutes or until very lightly caramelized, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, thyme, sage, rosemary and soy sauce. Stir well, cooking another 2 minutes then remove from heat.
To Make the Wellington Filling:
In a large food processor, add the chickpeas, mushrooms, and half of the onion mixture. Pulse until the mixture has come together but texture still remains (you don't want to turn it into paste.) Add this mixture to a large bowl. Add in the roasted squash, cranberry wild rice mixture, remaining onions, spinach, and hazelnuts (if using). Stir well but gently to combine, cover and chill until it's room temperature or cooled. If it's hot, the pastry will be hard to work with and won't be as flakey once baked.
At this point you can put the mixture in an airtight container in the fridge to bake at another time, or proceed to assembling the Wellington .
To Assemble the Vegan Wellington:
Preheat the oven 400°C/200°C/gas 6.
Lay a sheet of puff pastry on a piece of parchment paper lightly sprinkled with flour. The puff pastry I used measured 10" x 13" (25.4 cm x 33 cm). If yours is a little smaller (10" x 10" / 25.4cm x 25.4 cm is common), roll the pastry out a little with a lightly floured rolling pin. Brush lightly with olive oil - this will help prevent the pastry from becoming soggy.
See the blog post for a series of images to help with the following steps to assemble the vegan Wellington.(1) Scoop the filling onto the middle of the pastry, shaping into a log about 5" (12.5 cm) long and 3" (7.5 cm) wide. Press gently with your hands to make the log compact.(2) Fold the sides of the puff pastry gently but firmly over the filling.(3) (If applicable, roll out the second sheet so it's the same size as the first one.) Place the second sheet of puff pastry evenly over the roll.(4) With one hand cupping the roll, use your other hand to lift the parchment over the roll so you are turning the roll over slightly. Tuck the excess pastry under the roll. Repeat for the other side.(5) Trim the corners of the excess puff pastry about 1/2" (2 cm) from the filling. This will help with sealing the roll and reducing any gummy bits once the roll is baked.(6) Lift the top flap of pastry on each end and rest on the roll. Lift the bottom flap and press against the filling. Repeat for the other end.(7) Fold the upper flaps down over the end of the roll. If your pastry is dry, you can use a bit of water to help seal it.(8) Using a sharp knife, cut lines diagonally over the top of the Wellington taking care not to cut through completely. Repeat in the other direction so the surface appears to have diamond shapes over it.(9) Brush the Wellington lightly with plant-based milk and then sprinkle the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning over the top.
Bake the vegan Wellington for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.
Slice with a serrated knife and serve hot with sides of choice.
Storing Leftovers: Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple of days. Leftovers can also be frozen and reheated but the pastry will not be as crisp.Make Ahead: Prepare the filling and set in the fridge for up to 2 days before assembling and baking the Wellington. You may need to bake the Wellington a few minutes longer and cover with foil part way through to prevent the top from burning while the filling heats. Need a Smaller Wellington? This recipe can be cut in half for a smaller Wellington. Reduce the serving size at the top of the recipe card to 5 for the halved ingredient listing. Instead of two layers of pastry, you can use just one as one will seal completely over less filling. The baking time will be reduced to 25-35 minutes depending on how cold your filling is before baking.