Starlet’s love a dish with a title (I learned that from one of my favorite books: The Bombshell Manual of Style).  But many if the decadent dishes of the past were heavy and fattening.  I’ve also mentioned before that many Old Hollywood Starlets were serious animal rights activists and most likely would have been vegetarian had there been vegetarian option back then.  I’ve been wanting to start a series where I take retro recipes and make them new and hopefully healthier.  I wanted to start with a classic Beef Wellington.  Since I don’t eat red meat, and my boyfriend/taste-tester is allergic to poultry, I decided to try a vegetarian version.  I made a variation of this recipe from Virtually Vegan Mama for Portobello Wellingtons.  The recipe is vegan, but I made mine vegetarian using honey instead of date syrup, and I used regular butter and store bought puff pastry.   The critics (and by that, I mean my meat-eating boyfriend and father) loved it.  The Duxelle had so much flavor that no one even missed the meat.

Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Red Wine Glaze using my favorite red wine from Yellow Tail


Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Fresh parsley adds a little glamour to any dish
Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Potatoes is love
Vegetarian Beef Wellington
This Duxelle had so much flavor
Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Portobellos are a perfect substitute for beef
Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Puff pastry adds decadence to any dinner
Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Where’s the beef?… nobody missed it

I’m excited for more recipe posts to come!



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2 Comments on Retro Recipe Redo: Not So Beefy Wellingtons

  1. Mira
    June 18, 2014 at 1:20 am (9 years ago)

    This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

    • Sarah Blodgett
      June 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm (9 years ago)

      It really was good 🙂