- 3 medium carrots, grated
- 100g cashew nuts
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 150g couscous, cooked
- 1 portion gravy, to serve
- 0.5 tsp ground black pepper
- Half the juice of a lemon
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 parsnips, grated
- 2 sheets ready-to-roll puff pastry, thawed
- 1 portion redcurrants, to garnish
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- Half a bunch of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- Half a bunch of fresh sage, finely chopped plus extra to garnish
- 4 tbsp oil
- 3 tbsp cranberry sauce, to serve
- 200g vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts
- Take the pastry out of the freezer the night before and put it in the fridge to defrost overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
- To make the chestnut cashew stuffing, peel and thinly slice the onions. Chop any rough gnarly bits off the carrots and parsnips and grate them. There’s no need to peel the veg, as there’s a lot of goodness in the skin.
- If your cashew nuts are not roasted, then put them in a small dry pan set on a high heat and toast them for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, till they start to go golden, making sure they don’t burn. Set aside to cool.
- Put 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan or pot set on a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until they start to go translucent. Add the grated carrots and parsnips and sweat for 5 more minutes, stirring regularly. Remove the pot from the heat.
- Meanwhile, crush two-thirds of your roasted cashew nuts by putting them in a food processor and pulsing until they are finely chopped. If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush them by wrapping them in a clean tea towel and bashing them with a small pan or rolling pin until they get all mashed up and fine.
- Finely chop the cooked chestnuts and combine with the sage and rosemary. Add to the pan along with the soy sauce or tamari, salt, pepper and cayenne. Add the remaining one-third of the unbroken cashew nuts together with the broken-up pieces and mix well. Taste the stuffing and season if you think it needs any more salt or pepper.
- Add the cooked couscous and lemon juice to the stuffing and put the pan back on the heat. Cook through for a couple more minutes, stirring well, until everything is warm and well mixed.
- To assemble the Wellington, lightly brush one sheet of pastry with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil on the top side and put on the lined baking tray.
- Put the cashew chestnut filling into the centre third of the pastry, leaving a third of the pasty clear on either side and also leaving a little space on each end so that you can properly seal your Wellington. Form the filling into a smooth mound.
- Place the other sheet of pastry on top of the mound. Bring the pastry around the filling from both sides so that it covers the filling completely from both ends and brush a little oil on top. Trim any excess pastry from the edges. You can use any leftover pastry to make Christmas-themed shapes. Brush the entire outer layer of the pastry with oil to seal.
- Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the pastry starts to turn golden brown and the kitchen smells fab! Garnish with fresh sage and redcurrants. Serve with gravy and cranberry sauce on the side for a magical Christmas meal.
Recipe courtesy of SuperValu.
If you really want to elevate this dessert and aren't tight on time, why not try make your own puff pastry from scratch? Trust us, it's easier than it sounds. Click here for a beginner's guide to pastry.