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Vegan wellington recipe: How to master the perfect meat-free Sunday roast

Forget nut roasts, Gousto’s vegan beetroot wellington is the perfect meat-free centrepiece for a vegan Sunday lunch, finds Emily Cope

Monday 08 February 2021 09:47
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othing beats a hearty Sunday lunch feast.

But if you’re vegan, you can feel short-changed when you pass up a gloriously roasted turkey or a fresh cut of beef and are met with a crumbly dry nut roast.

However, with veganism being the "single best way" to reduce our environmental impact, is there a way to still eat delicious food and go meat-free?

Yes, according to Gousto, which has shared this vegan twist on a classic beef wellington.

Swapping out beef for beetroot, this recipe is easy to make and it contains four of your five-a-day – so feel free to tuck into a second helping.

Serves 2

250g cooked beetroot

8g soy sauce

20g onion marmalade

1 tsp dried sage

120g baby leaf spinach

160g chantenay carrots

80g chestnut mushrooms

8g Marmite

30g panko breadcrumbs

3 white potatoes

5.5g vegetable stock mix

150g puff pastry

Olive oil

Knob of butter alternative

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C (fan)/395F/Gas 6 and boil a full kettle.

Chop the chestnut mushrooms very finely and then heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat.

Once hot, add the chopped mushrooms with a pinch of salt and cook for 3-4 mins or until golden.

Meanwhile, halve the chantenay carrots (no need to peel) and set them aside for later. Wash the spinach, then add it to a colander and pour boiled water all over it so that it starts to wilt.

Rinse the wilted spinach under the cold tap. Once cool, squeeze the water out of the spinach as much as you can, then chop it roughly.

Add the mushrooms to a bowl with the chopped spinach, panko breadcrumbs, soy sauce and dried sage and give everything a good mix up – this is your mushroom stuffing.

Cut the puff pastry in half and fill the middle of each half with the mushroom stuffing. Then drain the beetroots and cut two in half.

Add the halved beetroot to the pastry squares and carefully wrap the pastry over the beetroot, making sure to push the edges together to form a loose seal. Use a fork to press down on the seal to bind it and brush with a little olive oil – these are your beetroot wellingtons.

Add the beetroot wellingtons to one side of a baking paper-lined baking tray and cut the remaining beetroot into wedges and add to the other side of the tray with the halved carrots.

Drizzle them with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt, then put the tray in the oven for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the carrots are tender.

Whilst the wellingtons are cooking, peel the potatoes, chop them into large, bite-sized pieces and add to a pot of water with a generous pinch of salt. Bring to boil over a high heat, and then reduce to a medium heat and cook for 12-15 minutes or until fork-tender. Once done, drain and return to the pot to steam dry.

Dissolve the onion marmalade, Marmite and vegetable stock mix in 250ml boiled water – this is your stock.

Return the mushroom pan to a medium heat with 15g of olive oil, then add the flour and cook for 1 minute or until a sandy paste remains. Gradually pour in the stock, stirring frequently, and cook for 5-6 min or until thickened – this is your onion gravy.

Return the potatoes to a low heat with a knob of butter alternative, season with a pinch of salt and mash until smooth. Add a splash of milk alternative if needed. Serve the beetroot wellington with the mash , roasted carrots and beetroot to the side, then pour over the onion gravy.

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