Mushroom Wellington {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Mushroom Wellington {A Meatless Monday Recipe

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I made Mushroom Wellington last Monday for Meatless Monday. I was so excited how it turned out, that I almost could not wait to share this recipe with you.

Mushroom Wellington is a vegetarian spin-off of the classic Beef Wellington recipe. Instead of beef, this version of the recipe uses portobello mushroom caps with spinach and cheese stuffed inside a flaky pastry crust. Something also a little different from the traditional beef wellington recipe is the fact that the mushroom wellington is made into individual servings instead of a sliced loaf.

mushroom wellington with mountain view

If this recipe looks vaguely familiar, that is because I first shared this recipe back in 2014. I decided to revisit this recipe again and give this post a much-needed update with new photos. I’ve also made a few tweaks to the recipe that I think you will enjoy.

With the holidays coming up, this is a great recipe to save for your vegetarian family and friends.

Let’s make Mushroom Wellington!

mushroom wellington with mountain view

How To Make Mushroom Wellington

Thaw the frozen puff pastry according to package directions, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

As you can see from the photos, I ran out. However, I recommend using parchment paper for easy cleanup. If you do not have parchment aluminum foil will work, but grease either of those options lightly with cooking spray.

portobello mushroom caps

Prepare The Mushrooms:

Remove stems from the mushrooms (if they have any). Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the mushrooms for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through.

It’s important not to overcrowd the pan. If all four mushroom caps do not fit at one time, you’ll need to cook them in batches. Add a drop or two more of the olive oil if needed.

Remove the mushrooms from the pan and place onto a paper towel to drain.

DO NOT OVERCROWD THE PAN: It’s important not to overcrowd the pan. If all four mushroom caps do not fit at one time, you’ll need to cook them in batches. Add a drop or two more of the olive oil if needed. [Learn more here!]

cooked spinach in skillet

Cook The Spinach:

Place the same pan back over the heat. Pour in the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds so that it becomes fragrant (DO NOT BURN).

Add the spinach to the pan with the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until completely wilted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Transfer the spinach to a sieve to drain thoroughly, while preparing the pastry.

flour and thyme on work surface

Prepare the Pastry Dough:

Using prepared puff pastry takes a lot of work out of any recipe. Let me share with you how I prepared it.

Scatter half of the thyme leaves over a lightly floured surface.

Roll a sheet of thawed puff pastry out on the prepared floured surface to the thickness of a coin.

Using a saucer or lid to a plastic container, cut out 3 to 4 circles about ½-inch wider than the mushrooms (for the bottoms).

circles of pastry dough

Next, re-flour the workspace and sprinkle with the rest of the thyme leaves. Roll out the second sheet of puff pastry. Cut out 3 to 4 circles about 1-inch wider than the previous sheet (for the tops).

Place the smaller circles onto the prepared baking sheet. 

Don’t throw away the scraps of puff pastry dough. Check out THIS SITE to learn what you can do with them.

mushroom wellington ready to bake

Assemble The Mushroom Wellington:

Divide the spinach among the four circles of dough on the baking sheet. Make sure the pile of spinach isn’t wider than the mushrooms.

Top the spinach with cheese, then a mushroom cap, smooth-side up.

adding cheese on top of mushroom

Finally, top the mushroom with a little more cheese and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

Mix the egg wash and brush the border of each circle with some of it.

Gently stretch the larger circle over the mushroom, trying not to trap any air.

Fold the edges over and press the edges together with a fork.

crimping pastry dough with fork
brushing mushroom wellington with egg wash

Use a pastry brush to brush each mushroom wellington generously with egg wash. Sprinkle each mushroom Wellington with Parmesan cheese on top and more thyme leaves.

Place the mushroom wellingtons in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill the pastry dough back down.

NOTE: Chilling the pastry dough allows the gluten strands time to settle down and relax after being worked. This cuts down on any shrinking during baking and lets the available moisture find its way back into all parts of the dough.

baked mushroom wellington

Bake The Mushroom Wellingtons:

Place the sheet pan inside the oven. Bake the mushroom wellingtons until golden brown; about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

mushroom wellington on cooling rack

Transfer the mushroom Wellington to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool for five minutes before serving.

mushroom wellington on plate with fresh thyme
mushroom wellington with fork and mountain view

These mushroom Wellingtons take a little bit of prep, but they are a lot of fun to make. I have never had the meat version, but the meatless version of this recipe is awesome!

If you love mushrooms, you should definitely give these a try.

mushroom wellington on plate with fresh thyme
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Mushroom Wellingtons

A spin-off of the classic beef recipe, Mushroom Wellington is made with portobello mushroom caps, spinach, and cheese inside a flaky pastry crust.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Meatless Monday, Vegetarian
Keyword mushroom, Wellington
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 640kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large Portobello mushroom caps
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 dusting flour for workspace
  • teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 package puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese shredded or sliced
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Thaw the frozen puff pastry according to package directions, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Prepare The Mushrooms:

  • Remove stems from the mushrooms (if they have any). Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the mushrooms for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through. (see notes)
  • Remove the mushrooms from the pan and place onto a paper towel to drain.

Cook The Spinach:

  • Place the same pan back over the heat. Pour in the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds so that it becomes fragrant (DO NOT BURN).
  • Add the spinach to the pan with the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until completely wilted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Transfer the spinach to a sieve to drain thoroughly, while preparing the pastry.

Prepare the Pastry Dough:

  • Scatter ½ teaspoon of the fresh thyme leaves over a lightly floured surface. Roll a sheet of thawed puff pastry out on the prepared floured surface to the thickness of a coin.
  • Using a saucer or lid to a plastic container, cut out 3 to 4 circles about ½-inch wider than the mushrooms (for the bottoms).
  • Next, re-flour the workspace and sprinkle with the rest of the thyme leaves. Roll out the second sheet of puff pastry. Cut out 3 to 4 circles about 1-inch wider than the previous sheet (for the tops).
  • Place the smaller circles onto the prepared baking sheet.

Assemble The Mushroom Wellingtons:

  • Divide the spinach among the four circles of dough on the baking sheet. Make sure the pile of spinach isn’t wider than the mushrooms.
  • Top the spinach with cheese, then a mushroom cap, smooth-side up.
  • Finally, top the mushroom with a little more cheese and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Mix the egg wash and brush the border of each circle with some of it.
  • Gently stretch the larger circle over the mushroom, trying not to trap any air.
  • Fold the edges over and press the edges together with a fork.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush each mushroom wellington generously with egg wash. Sprinkle each mushroom Wellington with Parmesan cheese on top and more thyme leaves.
  • Place the mushroom wellingtons in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill the pastry dough back down. (see notes)

Bake The Mushroom Wellingtons:

  • Place the sheet pan inside the oven. Bake the mushroom wellingtons until golden brown; about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

Serving:

  • Transfer the mushroom Wellington to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool for five minutes before serving.

Notes

DO NOT OVERCROWD THE PAN: It’s important not to overcrowd the pan. If all four mushroom caps do not fit at one time, you’ll need to cook them in batches. Add a drop or two more of the olive oil if needed. [Learn More Here]
Extra Scraps of Puff Pastry: Don’t throw away the scraps of puff pastry dough. Check out THIS SITE to learn what you can do with them.
Chill The Pastry Dough: Chilling the pastry dough allows the gluten strands time to settle down and relax after being worked. This cuts down on any shrinking during baking and lets the available moisture find its way back into all parts of the dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1085IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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