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Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

A golden puff pastry plait filled with sundried tomato pate, topped with roasted vegetables and vegan parmesan. The perfect dish for Sunday dinners or other special occasions like Christmas dinner. 

Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait 

I'm trying out new recipes for Christmas. 

I already have a mushroom wellington recipe, which I love, but my brother-in-law will be having Christmas dinner with us and he hates mushrooms, so that's out.

I decided to stick with a puff pastry recipe and try a plait (pastry braid) with very different flavours to my Wellington.

It's just like a giant sausage roll for Christmas.

Roasted butternut squash, red onion, red peppers and potatoes and sat them on a sundried tomato pate.

Topped the whole lot off with vegan Parmesan before plaiting the pastry around the filling.

I serve it with roast potatoes, a selection of vegetables and onion gravy. It was as good as it sounds and got a big thumbs up from everyone.

You could also serve it with homemade cranberry and orange sauce instead of gravy.

Reader's photo - Delicious!


What you need to make a Christmas puff pastry plait



Here are the simple ingredients you need to make this gorgeous vegetarian Christmas dinner main course.

  1. Olive oil - or rapeseed oil
  2. Garlic
  3. Red onion
  4. Butternut squash
  5. Red pepper - or a mixture of red, yellow, and orange bell pepper
  6. Baby potatoes - or standard potatoes
  7. Almonds
  8. Oats - porridge oats or rolled oats
  9. Sundried tomatoes - plus some oil from the jar
  10. Vegan Parmesan - try this homemade vegan parmesan
  11. Fresh basil
  12. Puff pastry - ready rolled or a block
  13. Salt 
  14. Black pepper
Love Butternut Squash? Also, try my butternut squash and lentil stew with potatoes.

You will find the full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.


Variations



Here are a few tweaks you can make to this vegan alternative to a beef Wellington, which is perfect to serve for Sunday dinner or for Christmas dinner.

  • Aubergine (eggplant) - roasted with the other veg
  • Courgette (zucchini) - also roasted
  • Sweet potatoes - are good roasted too
  • Vegan cheddar cheese - instead of parmesan to top the vegetables
  • Fresh Coriander - or parsley instead of basil
  • Sage leaves - or dried sage are good options for flavouring the butternut squash as it roasts
  • Chickpeas - added to the roasted veg layer

Can you make this butternut squash pie gluten-free?



It's super easy to make this butternut squash pastry plait gluten-free.

Just use gluten-free puff pastry and gluten-free oats.

It's as simple as that.


Sundried tomato pate

Sundried tomato pâté


The pâté spread in the base of this vegan wellington is based on a sundried tomato pesto recipe I sometimes make to serve on spaghetti. 

It's super tasty and I knew it would go well with flavour of the butternut squash and red pepper.

I whizzed up sundried tomatoes, garlic, basil, almonds, and some of the oil from the sundried tomato jar in a food processor (you could also use a blender or an electric stick blender in a jug).

I finished it off by seasoning it and adding vegan Parmesan and oats. The oats turn it from a pesto to a pate.

There is a thick layer of this delicious thick pate in the plait, which is topped with the roast veg. 

It takes this Christmas plait to another level.


Other ways to use tomato pate


The pate would also be good served with oatcakes or on a veggie sausage sandwich. 

Yep, just thought that one up but it sounds good doesn't it? 

Come to think of it, you could also top a veggie burger with the pate.


Porridge oats in a bowl.

Porridge Oats


I used porridge oats (rolled oats) with bran to make the pate, but you could just use plain porridge oats.

My cupboards are full of a variety of different oats, which are great for so many dishes and sweet bakes.

The one I use is high in fibre and has added wheat bran added to it.

Of course, you can make this gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.



Ready rolled or block puff pastry?



Ready-rolled pastry is my top choice for making a Christmas pastry pie with golden, flaky pastry like this one.

Store-bought puff pastry sheets are ready rolled to a perfect rectangle, which makes it ideal for making a pie like this Christmas plait.

However, you could use block pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin.

Try to roll dough evenly, into a large rectangle.

Block puff pastry does tend to give you a better rise, but it's harder to roll it quite as evenly into such a perfect rectangle.

You decide.

Most shop-bought puff pastry is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but the 'all butter' versions are not suitable for vegans.


ready-rolled puff pastry on a parchment sheet.


Puff pastry tips


  1. Buy ready rolled pastry - for an even base and good shape to start your recipe with. Admit it, it's hard to roll a perfect rectangle.
  2. Check the back for the ingredients - most puff pastry is suitable for vegetarians and vegans but it's best to check.
  3. Take the pastry out of the box and film and leave it on a plate to come to room temperature - before unrolling it, or it could rip.
  4. Leave the pastry on the baking paper (parchment paper) it is wrapped in - you can place it straight onto a baking sheet and use the paper to prevent the pastry from sticking to the tray.
  5. For the best results and a golden finish on the pastry - vegetarians can use an egg wash (beaten egg) for that golden finish and vegans can brush the pastry with olive oil for a similar golden brown finish. 

 


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 Making a pastry plait


Here's how easy it is to make this vegan Christmas main course or Sunday dinner main course.
  1. Place a generous amount of tomato pate on the middle third of the pastry (down the centre of the pastry.
  2. Top with roasted vegetables
  3. Sprinkle grated veggie or vegan Parmesan (or cheddar) over the vegetables.
  4. Make diagonal cuts in the surrounding pastry (to make thick strips) with a sharp knife from the vegetable mound to the edge. You will end up with what looks like a feather cut. 
  5. Cut a piece out of either side of the top of the pastry at either side leaving a rectangle.
  6. Fold the rectangles over the ends of the vegetables to tuck them in.
  7. Brush a little water at the edges of the long strips, then fold them over the filling.
  8. Any extra puff pastry can be used to decorate the plait. Pastry leaves or stars always look fab.
  9. Brush the finished pastry with either egg wash or olive oil, depending on your diet.

Make it ahead



Although this Christmas vegetable Wellington is easy to make, you can prepare it ahead of time.  Let's face it, Christmas Day can be frantic.

Chill it - Roast the vegetables and make the pate and chill them in the fridge for a couple of days, then make up the plait on Christmas morning and pop it in the fridge to bake later in a preheated oven.

Freeze it - Make the whole plait (don't cook it) and flash freeze it on a tray before popping in a freezer bag and freezing for 2-3 months. Bake from frozen, brushing with olive oil or egg wash (depending on your diet).

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Puff pastry plaits


The flavours in this Christmas plait can be changed to suit your taste.  Here are a few alternative ideas.

Mushroom & Chestnut Plait 

  1. Lay the pastry portrait and spread the centre third of the pastry (puff pastry sheet) with miso, then top with a mushroom pate (try this mushroom & chestnut pate).
  2. Add a layer of mashed potato.
  3. Top with a mushroom mixture of garlic mushrooms, chopped chestnuts and spinach, finished with some grated cheese (or vegan cheddar, then topped with the strips of pastry.

Pizza Plait

  1. Spread the centre of the sheet of pastry (portrait) with pizza sauce.
  2. Top with roasted vegetables.
  3. Finish with a layer mozzarella (vegetarian or vegan)
  4. Add a few basil leaves, then top with the diagonal strips of pastry.

Morrocan Plait

  1. Spread the central third of the sheet of puff pastry (keep it portrait, so you have the length) with Morrocan pate.
  2. Top with a roast vegetables mixture, chickpeas, and couscous mixed with hummus & zataar.
  3. Finish with fresh herbs and a drizzle of pomegranate syrup on top of the filling, then add the strips of pastry.

Pastry pies are the best! Perfect for a Sunday dinner or Christmas lunch main dish.

I'm sure you will come up with some great ideas too.

If you like puff pastry pies and tarts, also try my Garlic Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Tart or my Shallot Puff Pastry Crown.


Christmas Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

How to serve a Christmas butternut squash puff pastry tart



If you are serving this butternut tart for Sunday dinner or Christmas dinner here are a few ideas of what to serve with it. 

I serve this pastry plait with roast potatoes, vegetables, and onion gravy. After all it's a Christmas tradition!

Choose from this selection.
  1. Roast potatoes
  2. Mashed potatoes
  3. Roast parsnips - coated in honey or maple syrup before they are roasted
  4. Mashed turnip or swede - or neeps as we call them in Scotland, here's how to cook neeps
  5. Vegetables - your favourite veg
  6. Onion Gravy
  7. Cranberry sauce - try this easy cranberry sauce made with frozen cranberries and orange juice
  8. Roasted red pepper sauce 
The perfect meal to serve over the Christmas period.

Shallot Puff Pastry Crown for Christmas dinner.

Veggie Sunday Dinner or Christmas main courses


Here are a few more Sunday dinner or Christmas main courses to choose from. 

These delicious recipes are all easy to make.
For a more comforting Christmas lunch recipe, try my cheesy vegetable puff pie, which is a bit like a vegetable pot pie.

Serve it with mashed potato and green veg.

Not a Christmas main course, but I have to mention my Christmas sausage rolls. These mushroom and chestnut sauce rolls in golden, flaky puff pastry are one of my most popular Christmas recipes.

They are perfect to enjoy on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

For more delicious and easy vegan Christmas recipes check out my page Vegan Christmas.

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Yield: 6 - 8 slices
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

A golden puff pastry plait filled with sundried tomato pate, topped with roasted vegetables and vegan parmesan. The perfect dish for Sunday dinners or other special occasions like Christmas dinner.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

Sundried Tomato Pate
  • 50g whole almonds
  • 1 clove garlic (more if you like)
  • 15g (a generous handful) of fresh basil
  • 25g (2 rounded tablespoons) porridge oats with bran (or plain porridge oats or rolled oats
  • 150g (5 1/3 oz) sundried tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons sundried tomato oil (from the jar)
  • 15g (1 tablespoon) grated vegetarian Parmesan
  • A good grinding of salt and pepper
Plait
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  • 6 baby potatoes, chopped into chunks
  • 1 red onion, peeled, halved and cut into wedges
  • A good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 15g (1 tablespoon) vegetarian or vegan Parmesan, grated (or cheddar, more if you like)
  • 375g (13 1/4 oz, a little more is ok) ready rolled puff pastry
  • Olive oil (or an egg wash) for brushing the pastry

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7.
  2. Toss the prepared vegetables in olive oil and season.
  3. Once the oven is hot, add the vegetables to a large baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are cooked.
  4. Whizz up the pate ingredients in a food processor or blender until you have a smooth pate.
  5. Take the pastry out of the fridge, a few minutes before you are ready to prepare the plait.
  6. Once the vegetables are roasted, unroll the pastry on a baking sheet and add the pate in a flat sausage shape up the central third of the pastry, lengthwise (portrait).
  7. Heap the vegetables on top of the pate.
  8. Sprinkle the Parmesan (or cheddar) over the vegetables.
  9. Slice diagonally through the pastry at each side of the filling to the edge in strips. It should look like a feather. Leave a piece at the top and bottom uncut.
  10. Fold the top and bottom pieces of the pastry over the vegetables, then brush a little water on the tips of your pastry strips, then fold them one at a time across the middle until the filling is almost completely covered, with just a little showing.
  11. Brush the pastry with an egg wash or olive oil and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and crisp.
  12. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Decorate the plait - You can cut off a small portion of the pastry to make shapes to decorate the plait. Stars or leaves always look good. Rub a little water on the back of each to stick them to the pastry.
  2. Serve with - roast potatoes, veg, and gravy or red pepper sauce.
  3. Make it ahead and freeze it - You can make this plait ahead. Make the plait, but don't cook it then flash freeze it on a tray, before transferring it to a freezer bag.
  4. Bake from frozen
  5. Chill leftovers in the fridge - for 2-3 days, then wrap in tinfoil and reheat in the oven.

Calories

6 slices = 691 calories per slice

7 slices = 593 calories per slice

8 slices = 518 calories per slice

Nutrition Facts

Calories

518.49

Fat (grams)

27.1 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.35 g

Carbs (grams)

61.54 g

Fiber (grams)

7.8 g

Net carbs

53.76 g

Sugar (grams)

11.81 g

Protein (grams)

12.09 g

Sodium (milligrams)

329.21 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

2.54 mg

45 comments

  1. This looks delicious and perfect for a festive feast - I tried a pastry plait once but haven't thought of it since - must try it again - and I like the idea of the pate topped with vegies

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    1. Oh yes you should definitely go back and try it again, even if it's just for Sunday dinner. The pate added so much flavour. You could make a pate out of any pesto by adding porridge oats.

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  2. Oh, love the sound of this. I love butternut squash, love roasted red peppers and who doesn't love potatoes and pastry? Butternut squash is one of my favourite ingredients when cooking veggie.

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    1. The flavours work really well together and yes butternut squash is a great veggie ingredient.

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  3. This is such an awesome idea! Love the sundried tomatoes. Cooking with puff pastry is just the best!

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    1. Yes the sundried tomato pate gives the dish so much extra flavour.

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  4. Love working with puff pastry!! It's so versatile! This looks so delicious and just perfect for all those holiday get togethers- YUM!

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    1. Puff pastry is a brilliant ingredient for quick midweek and weekend dinners.

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  5. Wow this looks so festive! I'm sure it's just flavor packed..i could probably eat this all by myself!

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    1. Haha, yes my husband went back for another serving, rather a generous serving too.

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  6. Love this healthy and filling recipe! So festive perfect for the holidays!

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    1. Thanks Annissa and yes it is perfect for the festive period. Everyone loves puff pastry.

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  7. This looks awesome - would be a great addition to any festive table !

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    1. Thanks Heidi, after eating it (and seeing how easy it is to make), I have to agree.

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  8. What a great vegetarian meal - will be trying !

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  9. Oh Jac, this looks so, so good! Loads of flavour all in a pretty package. I am about to post a couple of puff pastry Christmassy things, with a plait to be made this weekend. I will intently study your instructions! Pinning and tweeting this!

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    1. Thanks Kellie, it was really good. I'll be looking forward to seeing your recipes too. I am sure your plait will be much neater.

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  10. This is beautifully put together! Looks so good!

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    1. Thanks, it was actually very easy to make and utterly delicious.

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  11. This is such a festive dish, sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks and yes it is perfect for the festive period.

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  12. Like your brother in law I'm not a fan of mushrooms so this pastry dish is much more my thing. The flavours sound delicious and I bet it would be a crowd pleaser at any gathering.

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    1. How could you? No mushrooms? What is wrong with you? Haha, no really this is the one for you then.

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  13. What an impressive centrepiece, I love butternut squash and this looks like a perfect main for Christmas dinner.

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    1. Thanks Janice, I am rather pleased with it. Perfect for Christmas dinner. I agree.

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  14. This sounds like a lovely centrepiece for a veggie Christmas dinner. You really can't beat puff pastry.

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    1. Yes, it's perfect for Christmas dinner and I agree, you can't beat a bit of puff pastry.

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  15. Already shared the results on Facebook and Twitter, but wanted to say here for those that don't use social media..... I made this at weekend as a trial run for Christmas day and it was delicious. We had for dinner on Saturday night, I had another piece on Sunday night when my meat eating family had a Sunday Roast Chicken dinner - it reheated really well wrapped in tinfoil. We will be finishing off the leftovers cold for lunch today. We had a little bit of the Sundried Tomato Pate left over which I'm going to spread on toast and top with a poached egg this morning. Can't recommend this enough. Thank you Jacqueline, you're a genius!

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    1. Thanks so much for such a glowing review Sarah. We are having it for Christmas Dinner here this year. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we do and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

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  16. Hi, looking for something vegan for family members this Xmas, this looks promising but I was wondering how much of any could be prepped the day before? Ideally I'd like something I could make the day before and then pop in the oven on Xmas day. Many thanks

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    1. I make this quite often at Christmas. You can make it up and chill it but for the vest results, I make the pate and roast the veg the day before, then just pile it on the pastry, criss cross, brush with oil and pop it in the oven on the day.

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    2. haha that should read best results. I am dreadful at typing on my phone. And I meant to say it only takes a few minutes to assemble on the day. It's actually super simple

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  17. Made this last night and it was absolutely amazing .. I did forget to add the extra parmesan but will definitely be making this again

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it. It's a real favourite here.

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  18. What a life saver! This recipe is perfect for my mix of vegan,veggie, allergy suffering, non-mushroom eating visitors :) I'd like to prep on Christmas Eve too - how much extra time would you allow for cooking (as the veg will have been fridged) ? or would you warm up the veg first? Just thinking of the competition for oven space. Thank you.

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    1. You could make the whole plait ahead and freeze before it is baked, them vaje from frozen. Or roast the veg and make the pate the day before, then make the plait up on the day. Straight from the fridge is OK.

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  19. Hi! Do you recommend raw or roasted almonds?

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    1. I just used raw but toasted are good too. To be honest other nuts would work too. They just help with the texture, plus I like to include nits or seeds when I can.

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  20. I cooked this last Christmas and due to the amazing comments I'll be cooking it again...amazing flavours which are loved by all of our guests.

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    1. Awww I am so glad you all enjoyed it. Have a fabulous time this Christmas,

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  21. Made this tonight and will certainly be making this again. Red pepper pate, delicious, worth making extra, served with red pepper sauce. I made extra and will serve with pasta.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it Mimi and thanks for giving me permission to add your photo comment.

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  22. Thank you for this recipe. I made it for Christmas dinner and it was absolutely delicious. I was a bit leery of the pate as I’m not a big fan of sun dried tomatoes, but it really brought everything together. I can’t wait to make it again!

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed it We've had it a few times for Christmas too. Thanks for taking the time to let me know

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