This Vegan Beef Wellington is the ultimate holiday centerpiece! Hearty vegan ground beef and a mushroom duxelles are wrapped in buttery puff pastry then baked to golden brown perfection. Family and friends won’t believe it’s vegan!
It’s hard to believe how realistic Vegan Beef Wellington is, but it’s true! Made with a savory vegan ground beef filling and mushroom duxelles, this puff pastry-wrapped main dish is impossibly meaty and hearty. Serve it to family and friends during the holidays to see if they can tell that it’s vegan!
While this vegan wellington does make an extravagant holiday meal, you can serve it year-round for any type of celebration or weeknight dinner. It pairs so well with vegan gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, and salad. What more could you want in a hearty vegan dinner?
Vegan wellington ingredients
- Mushrooms - Cremini mushrooms are sauteed with onion, butter, and herbs to make the mushroom duxelles. This herbaceous and aromatic mixture will be placed on top of the vegan meat filling before assembling the wellington.
- Vegan ground beef - I love the flavour of Impossible or Beyond ground beef, have not tested with any other brand of vegan ground beef.
- Panko breadcrumbs - Regular and gluten free breadcrumbs work.
- Vegan worcestershire sauce - Or use soy sauce or tamari if you can’t find worcestershire.
- Herbs and seasonings - You’ll need fresh parsley, garlic, onion pwder, and ground fennel to season the beef mixture.
- Puff pastry - You can ususally find vegan-friendly puff pastry in the frozen aisle of most major grocery stores. Pepperidge Farm brand puff pastry is vegan and delicious!
How to make a vegan wellington
A vegan wellington is surprisingly easy to make at home. It’s the perfect main dish to serve for the holidays or when you’re in the mood for something extra special for dinner. Here’s how it’s done:
- Cook the mushroom duxelles: Saute the mushrooms, onions, thyme, and a pinch of salt and black pepper in a skillet with olive oil over medium heat. Once the mushrooms have cooked down, take the pan off the heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar.
- Make the beef filling: Mix the vegan ground beef and the rest of your filling ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Assemble the wellington: Lay the puff pastry on a baking sheet and scoop large spoonfuls of the filling into the middle of the pastry. Form it into a loaf shape and brush the top of the filling with mustard. Spread the mushroom mixture on top of the beef.
- Fold the pastry: Fold the long ends of the puff pastry sheet over the filling and follow with the short ends. No need to seal the tops or try to hide them! Brush the tops and sides with plant milk and score the top with a knife to allow the steam to release.
- Bake and serve: Bake the wellington until the pastry is golden brown and flaky. Let it rest for a few minutes after it comes out of the oven, then slice and serve! For full ingredients and instructions see recipe card below
Tips for success
- Save time by pulsing the mushrooms a few times in a food processor instead of chopping them all by hand.
- There’s no need to cook the vegan ground beef first! It’s mixed into the filling raw, just like meatloaf. I use this technique for my cabbage rolls and vegan meatloaf and the results are always juicy and delicious.
- Do not add parchment paper to the baking pan or else the bottom of your wellington will be soggy. Instead, use a non-stick baking sheet so it can crisp without sticking.
- Keep the defrosted puff pastry wrapped in the fridge until it’s time to assemble. It could dry out and crack and will be too soft if you leave it unwrapped at room temperature.
- Score the puff pastry loaf by dragging a sharp knife 3 or 4 times across the top of the loaf. Repeat going the other direction so you end up with a criss-cross pattern.
What to serve with vegan beef wellington
This impressive holiday dinner would be perfect next to mashed potatoes, stuffed acorn squash, vegan cauliflower soup, and roasted carrots and potatoes. In fact, it’s delicious with all of your favorite side dishes!
Frequently asked questions
Beef wellington is made by wrapping beef tenderloin (filet mignon) and duxelless in puff pastry and then baking. The goal is to bake the wellington so the pastry is crisp while the beef stays red in the center. It’s easy to veganize this classic recipe by replacing the beef with a vegan substitute, like vegan ground beef, lentils, or mushrooms.
Of course! Simply omit the mushroom duxelles from this recipe if you’re not a fan of mushrooms.
Not always, but finding store-bought vegan puff pastry is not hard! Pepperidge Farm makes a delicious vegan-friendly pastry that can be found in the frozen aisle at most major grocery stores.
Sure! To prepare it ahead of time, assemble the wellington fully but don’t bake it. Instead, wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge. Let come to room temp and bake it the next day.
If you end up with leftover wellington, feel free to wrap up the slices and keep them in the fridge for a day or two. It makes for delicious leftovers!
Hungry for more impressive vegan main dishes?
- Vegan Turkey Recipe (Seitan)
- The Best Vegan Bolognese
- Impossible Burger Vegan Meatballs
- Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
Enjoy everyone! Happy Day! Please feel free to comment below and give this recipe a rating. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!Print