TEMPEH WELLINGTON

Difficulty rating: For home cooks Serves: 6 people

This is how you do Christmas dinner without compromise! Packed with flavour and nutrition, this indulgent tempeh wellington is the perfect showstopper to blow away veggies and meat-eaters alike.
Recipe by Samantha Couzens & Better Nature


Ingredients

  • 200g Better Nature Organic Tempeh, crumbled into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 300g mushrooms, chopped small
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (such as Biona Organic or Bonsan) 
  • 50g white bread
  • 1 sheet vegan puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they start to soften. Add the garlic and fresh rosemary and cook for a couple of minutes more until fragrant.
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to release their liquid. Add the oregano, smoked paprika, thyme and a large pinch of salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cook for a further 5 minutes until all the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add the tempeh and vegan Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes until the tempeh is heated through.
  4. Meanwhile, blitz the bread in a food processor to create fine breadcrumbs. Tip into the pan and stir through until the mixture becomes slightly sticky and starts to clump together. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Lay out a couple of sheets of cling film or food-safe wrap on the counter, then tip the cooled mixture on to one side. Press together to form a log shape around 8 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. Tightly roll the cling film or food-safe wrap around the mixture and twist the ends to keep everything in shape. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan) and bring the pastry to room temperature.
  7. Roll out the pastry lengthways and place on a board, placing some baking paper down first if the store-bought pastry isn’t already wrapped. Cut the pastry from top to bottom at roughly the 2/3 mark, creating one piece twice the width of the other. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly across the pastry, leaving an inch or so gap around the edges.
  8. Place the wellington in the middle of the smaller piece. Lift the larger piece, flip to ensure the cranberry sauce is facing down and place over the top. Gently press to wrap the wellington in the pastry, tucking and folding the edges in to ensure there are no gaps. Use a fork or your fingers to crimp the edges. Lightly score the top with a knife, being careful not to cut through the pastry, then brush with a dash of plant-based milk if you have it.
  9. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy.