This vegan wellington makes a hearty and filling centerpiece for any table! It’s filled with “meaty” seitan and covered in an aromatic mushroom mixture and flaky puff pastry. It is the perfect main dish for a holiday dinner! Serve it with my vegan caramelized onion gravy.Watch me show you how to make this vegan seitan wellington in the video below!
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Meaty seitan, made of wheat protein, packs a filling and protein-dense meat substitute for the center of this vegan wellington. It is then coated in a delicious and aromatic mushroom duxelles mushroom, which helps infuse it with even more flavor during baking.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can even make the seitan roast a day in advance if you plan to make this for a busy holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas. It will gain a tougher texture in the fridge, as well as develop further flavor. I also show you how to make the braid down the middle of the vegan wellington’s puff pastry coating in the video below!
- 1 sheet vegan puff pastry*
- 2 cups vital wheat gluten
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tbsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped (or 3/4 tsp dry thyme)
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped (or 3/4 tsp dry sage)
- 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1/2 tsp dry rosemary)
- 1 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp vegetable broth or water
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oil
- vegan gravy for serving
- 1 lb mushrooms, roughly chopped or quartered
- 2 small shallots
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all dry ingredients for the seitan roast, except for the puff pastry, together in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients: broth or water, soy sauce, and oil, a little bit at a time, while mixing with a spoon. If it is too wet, add wheat gluten 1 tbsp at a time. If it is too dry, add water 1 tbsp at a time.
- Knead for at least 3 minutes. Roll the seitan dough into a cylinder shape shape and roll in foil, twisting the ends. You can wrap it with a layer of parchment paper, followed by the foil layer, if you do not want the foil touching the seitan. It should be well fitting and not loose, but not too tight that it doesn't have a little bit of room to expand during cooking. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour and 15 mins.
- Meanwhile, prepare your duxelles. Make sure your puff pastry is thawing according to package directions as well. Place garlic, herbs, and shallots in a food processor, or finely chop them. Then, add the mushrooms to finely chop them as well, or do it by hand. Make sure that it is not processed. You want it finely chopped, not puréed.
- Sauté the mushroom duxelles in a pan over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes, until the water from the mushrooms evaporates. Set aside until the seitan is done.
- Remove the seitan when done, and increase the oven heat to 400F. You can also store the seitan in the fridge a night in advance.
- Assemble your wellington. Roll out your puff pastry dough thin enough to cover the wellington by a couple inches on each side. For me, this was about 10x14 in.
- Spread a thin layer of duxelles, the same size as the wellington, in the center of your puff pastry. Cover with your cooked seitan roast. Cover the seitan roast on all sides with the duxelles mixture.
- Trim off any excess dough, and fold over the top and bottom of the dough to cover the wellington. Cut the same number of diagonal slits on either side of the wellington, I cut about 7. Alternate covering the wellington with a strip of dough from either side, forming a braid down the middle. Alternatively, you could just fold the pastry over the seitan roast, and cut some slits in the top. You may need to wet your fingers to help seal the dough.
- Mix the vegan egg wash together and brush it over the wellington before putting it at the oven at 400F for 30 mins.
- Enjoy your vegan seitan wellington! Serve with vegan gravy alongside roast veggies or your favorite side dish.
*Many brands of puff pastry dough you find in the grocery store are vegan, just be sure to check the ingredients.