This is as delicious as it is beautiful. It makes an excellent main course for a holiday meal.
Are you still looking for something special to serve as the main course for your Christmas dinner? I was too, until today, and now I can’t wait to make another gorgeous, and delicious, vegetable Wellington. Okay, I know, I waited until the last minute to decide on my holiday dinner, but that’s how I roll you guys. I work best under pressure.
So this vegetable Wellington, you have to try it. If not for Christmas then for New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s day, or just because it’s Monday. Choose any occasion that you want, but make this!
The filling is incredibly healthy and savory, plus it will make your kitchen smell so inviting when you’re sautéing the leeks, celery, carrots, spinach, and herbs. What is it about the smell of celery cooking that makes me feel so warm and cozy? I really think that more doctors should subscribe cooking celery for anxiety, because the aroma has an amazing calming effect to it. What do you think, does celery do the same for you?
Rolling the filling in the phyllo dough is also relaxing. So if you’re feeling tense because of the holidays, I recommend making a vegetable Wellington to calm your nerves and feed your soul, as well as your stomach. Gently brushing the dough with olive oil, spreading the filling on top, rolling, and repeating over and over is like an art project that you can eat.
You have to be careful when you’re brushing the olive oil on the dough so it doesn’t tear, and the same goes for when you’re rolling the filling, but other than that, this looks harder than it is. It’s actually pretty easy, so don’t feel intimidated.
The first thing you’ll want to do is prep the vegetables and start heating the avocado oil. When the oil is sizzling hot add the leeks, celery, and carrots and stir them around for several minutes. Can’t you just imagine how awesome this smells right now? Oh celery, oh celery, how lovely is your fragrance.
Once the leeks, celery, and carrots begin to soften, add some veggie broth to deglaze the pan, and then add the herbs. At this point your house will definitely smell like the holidays. Add the toasted walnuts and the fresh spinach and cook until the broth evaporates.
Now it’s time to get busy.
Start with two sheets of phyllo stacked on top of one another. Gently brush a thin layer of olive oil all over the top sheet, and then put a line of filling on the side of the dough and roll it up. Tuck the ends like you would a burrito. Now do the same to three pieces of phyllo dough, but once you roll the filling once, put the first one that your rolled next to the second rolled filling and keep on rolling. Continue that process four more times. The last step is to take two pieces of dough and overlap them. Put one more line of filling on the dough, roll once, add the large roll, and finish rolling. Tuck the ends under and lay it down on its seam on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper. Bake it for 45 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
So what do you think? It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Your friends and family will be so impressed with your cooking skills. They’ll also feel special because they’ll think you slaved away all day making this gorgeous vegetable Wellington just for them. Don’t tell them that it was easy and fun to make!! Let them think you’re a creative genius who didn’t mind making such a visually appealing dish for them to devour in less than five minutes. And that’s how long it will take before it’s gone, because it’s not only stunning, it’s delicious.