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Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual Christmas dinner trimmings.ย 

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

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Holidays are special times. Often with our wider family and friends, these are occasions where we gather together to break bread and strengthen bonds.

In our family we often get out a battered black leather suitcase filled with embarrassing old family photos, going through it and recounting past stories and cherished memories of family present and absent. While this takes place I will be nipping in and out of the room, refilling glasses and checking on my various timers. I’m not great with emotional stuff. But I’m okay with food, and making lots of it.

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodRegardless of the minutiae of holiday gatherings, and whether it is 2 or 20 at the table, one thing that most holiday get-togethers have in common is food.

When someone enters my home at Christmas I want them to be welcomed not only with a bit of Michael Bublรฉ in the background (I’m that cheesy), but the entrancing aromas of an oven transforming food into a feast. I think this is one of the most welcoming things any of us can do. Guests instantly feel in the holiday spirit if a home is cosy (candles, fire, greenery and more candles in my house) and filled with the aroma of food cooking in the oven.

And this brings me to the cauliflower Wellington.

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodCauliflower doesn’t have the best reputation for smelling great. This is true. Especially when it is boiled ร  la school lunches… But honestly, in this case, the hot oven, the crisp puff pastry, porcini mushrooms and woodsy herbs wave a magic wand over the cauliflower to make that smell *poof* disappear. But light some Christmassy frankincense candles if you don’t trust me.

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodThis is what we are having as our edible centrepiece this year. My golden Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington will be on this cracked and mended platter, with mounds of glistening roasted potatoes,ย maple and fennel carrots, creamed kale, sauteed Brussels sprouts with crispy sage crumbs, and my “legacy” Southern cornbread stuffing. I may be cooking a side of wild salmon too – if I can get my hands on one. Seeing everyone reaching to grab seconds and passing dishes to one another is me in my happy place.

If I didn’t have to get dressed up in an itchy Christmas jumper it would be just about perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodWhat’s in the Cauliflower Wellington?

A large, fresh cauliflower (surprise, surprise!)

Ready-made puff pastry. This can be vegan or butter but it is best if it is a block rather than the ready-rolled kind. This is because the ready-rolled will probably not fit around the cauliflower. But you can put two rolled ones together to make a bigger one if needs must.

Chestnut/cremini mushrooms (lots) and dried porcini mushrooms (just a little). Porcini is what makes this special but if you can get fresh wild mushrooms these will be amazing – about 50 grams of fresh will suffice.

Chopped onion, garlic and herbs – the flavour backbone

Dry sherry – optional but it really makes this pop. The alcohol is cooked out so is fine for children. You could use a squeeze of lemon instead but this will not give the same flavour.

Cream cheese – dairy or vegan, but use full-fat or the mixture may release too much water and affect the pastry.

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodA few tips

1. The pastry needs to be cold.

2. The cauliflower needs to be roasted first and then cooled.

3. You can make the elements ahead of time – up to two days – and assemble the night before. Make the mushroom mixture but add the cream cheese on the day; roast the cauliflower and store it in a box or bag.

4. The only vaguely tricky thing about this recipe is wrapping the cauliflower. Read through the instructions and you should be absolutely fine. The only thing to make sure of is that the pastry is well-sealed, and that the pastry isn’t lumpy as this will affect the bake – you will have undercooked bits.

This dish reheats pretty well but not well enough to cook ahead and serve at Christmas. Great for leftovers though.Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodI will be posting a few more side dishes for the festive table over the next couple of weeks, but if you can’t wait, do have a look at my recipe index as well as this post.Let me know if I can help you with any of your menu planning – either in the comments or through my Contact Me page. It would be my pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, if you’d rather use cauliflower as a side dish, why not check out my suitably celebratory (read: indulgent), and immodestly named,ย Incredible Mashed Cauliflower. And serve it withย Spring Onion Gravy and these individualย Roasted Rainbow Carrot Tartlets.{below}

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Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

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Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual Christmas dinner trimmings. 

Course DInner
Cuisine British
Keyword cauliflower, Christmas, mushrooms, pastry, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 540 kcal
Author kellie anderson

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided use
  • 8 g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1/2 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced/grated
  • 250 g chestnut/cremini mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 30 ml dry sherry optional
  • 50 ml porcini water from soaking the mushrooms
  • 100 g cream cheese dairy or vegan
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder optional
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 400 g puff pastry uncooked; chilled
  • 1 small egg lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan/200C/400F.

  2. Remove leaves from the cauliflower and trim the end to sit flat. Rub some of the oil on your hands and rub your hands over the cauliflower. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 30 minutes. remove from the oven and let cool. Keep the oven on.

  3. Soak the porcini mushrooms in 70ml or so of just-boiled water for 10 minutes. Drain and press out the liquid; chop finely. You will be using about 50ml of the soaking water in the recipe so don't throw it out. Lots of flavour in it.

  4. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large saute pan over a low-medium heat. Add the chopped onions and saute until soft. Add the garlic, chestnut mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, thyme and rosemary. Cook until the mushrooms lose their moisture and the pan gets almost dry. Now add the sherry (if using) and the saved porcini water, as well as the vegetable bouillon powder. Cook until the liquid absorbs. Take off the heat to cool to room temperature.

  5. Mix the cream cheese/soft cheese and the miso into the mushroom mixture.  If you haven't used sherry you might want to add one teaspoon of lemon juice. In any case, taste the mixture and adjust to your liking. If you haven't used vegetable powder you may wish to add salt.

  6. Take the puff pastry and roll it out to not more than 1/4 inch thick. You should have more pastry than you need. You can use the extra for making pastry cut out decorations. Place the cooled, cooked cauliflower in the centre and draw up the edges and pinch lightly to see that it will fully cover the cauliflower. If not, roll a bit more. Now let the pastry lay flat and cut a circle to fully accommodate the cauliflower. I also made four evenly-spaced v-notches, which helped to minimise pastry overlap when wrapping it up.

  7. Place the cauliflower onto a plate or tray. Cover it with the mushroom mixture, squishing it between the florets, too. Drape the pastry over the cauliflower and draw the edges together, keeping one hand on it. If there is extra, trim this away with a sharp knife or scissors. Gently turn over the cauliflower (some mushrooms may fall off; just put them back on) and take care to seal the pastry around the cauliflower. Smooth the joins with damp fingers. You want to not have thicker bits of pastry as these will not cook well. Use some of the extra pastry to make shapes like stars, if you wish. 

  8. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and return to the refrigerator for half an hour to cool again.

  9. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to one hour. You may want to cover loosely with foil after 40 minutes to slow the browning of the pastry.

  10. Remove the cauliflower from the oven to cool on the tray for 15 minutes. Transfer with a wide spatula, or cake lifter, to a plate and serve with a variety of vegetables and a jug of rich gravy.

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Potassium 729mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 6.3%
Vitamin C 85.4%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 16.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note that the calorie/fat count in the box above is higher than it actually is as the calculation included all of the pastry and you will only be using some of it. But, hey, it’s Christmas !

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Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

 

37 thoughts on “Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington – my Christmas centerpiece recipe

  1. Sheree says:

    Kellie, what a fabulous and suitably festive dish. Iโ€™m going to try this.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I really hope you do, Sheree ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks

  2. ksbeth says:

    This sounds amazing

  3. Mr A says:

    Some vegetarian dishes donโ€™t stand up to the original – this one smashes it out of the park!!! This has Christmas written all over it!!!!

    1. Rache Anderson says:

      Couldnโ€™t agree more, Mr A ๐Ÿ˜!!

    2. kellie anderson says:

      Well, you are my chief taste tester, and even seemed to enjoy the thrice heated version (!)…

  4. Julie Fitzpatrick says:

    Brilliant idea!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Fanks, sis!

  5. Jack Richer says:

    I really want to try it.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks, Jack ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. poshbirdy says:

    Looking forward to trying this (very) soon

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I hope that you do! Happy Christmas when it comes ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Cat says:

    This looks absolutely amazing. I just showed this to my friend who isnโ€™t a cook at all and she was very upset that she couldnโ€™t buy this in a shop. But that is how beautiful your photos are โ€“ she thought it was from an M&S advert! Such a fantastic looking dish.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Gosh, I’m that’s too funny! Thanks for letting me know. Tell your friend, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. You have outdone yourself lady! I think this is so fabulous and just looks like it should be sold at Waitrose… Food for thought ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Lol. As if! Those Happy Pears have taken over though. But thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. kavitafavelle says:

    Iโ€™m a meat eater and yet this looks so delicious, Iโ€™d be more than happy to eat veggie for a feast if this were the centre piece. Loving the flavours!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks, missus. I’d give you some salmon to go with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. wow this would impress me if someone served this to me at Christmas and I am a little fussy about what I consider to be proper christmas food! I love that your family gets out photos at Christmas – I used to love a slideshow with family when I was a kid

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Oh, we’ve done the slideshow thing in the past, too! Such a big set up though. I’m glad your fussy nature still thinks this is an okay recipe for Christmas. I’m hoping this might be a new tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jacqueline Meldrum says:

    That looks amazing Kellie. You have totally won me over. I would like to tuck into this right now. So delicious. Shared!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks, Jac. We are looking forward to sharing it with the wider family at Christmas. I hope they can deal with it!

  12. This looks so delicious and you paint such a lovely cosy family festive picture. I love all those ingredients and its great to have a centre piece recipe like this, thank you, you just saved me from thinking!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I try! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. A hero main attraction for a vegetarian Christmas table. Looks amazing, and sounds so good.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks a bunch, Sara ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Bev says:

    This is such a statement dish! I love the combination of all the flavours and canโ€™t wait to have this be the centerpiece of our Christmas feast! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks for your enthusiasm, Bev ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sally says:

    This actually makes me wonder if we really need the turkey this year. One of your best …

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Wow, thank so much, Sally. A couple of these will be one our table to feed us veg-centric folk as well as the turkey-lovers. I hope the latter can cope! Enjoy the festive build up!

  16. anna says:

    this is an amazing dish! delicious and so festive!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thank you, Anna. I like that it can be made ahead, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Juhi says:

    hello, is the miso paste central to the flavor?

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Hi Juhi. Although the miso is there to help add depth of flavour, it is not absolutely essential. No need to buy it just for this dish ๐Ÿ™‚

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