Alternative wellingtons for New Year's Eve

Forget traditional beef wellington – pork, game, salmon or mushroom filling give this classic puff pastry party piece a makeover. Here are a few of our best ideas.

The classic beef wellington – succulent meat encased in crisp, golden pastry – is a go-to showstopper for any special occasion. If you can pull it off, it's a recipe that's sure to impress. But why stop at beef? We've put together our favourite alternative wellingtons for your next wow-worthy centrepiece.
 

Turkey 

Turkey wellington with Christmas decorations
Make this wild mushroom, port & thyme turkey wellington a day or two in advance to keep your party stress-free. It's an impressive centrepiece filled with bold flavours such as garlic, thyme and zingy lemon zest.

Serve with our lemon, garlic & bay roast potatoes.
 

Veggie

Vegetarian wellington on plate
Try our vegetarian wellington for a meat-free twist on the classic. It's filled with hearty beetroot, mushroom and butternut squash. Or, make our individual melty mushroom wellingtons with punchy stilton cheese – a great choice for dinner parties.

Serve with our vegetarian gravy or veggie red wine gravy

Pork

Pork Wellington

Who could turn down the ultimate sausage roll? This juicy fillet of pork is wrapped in pastry and served with a rich mustard and cream sauce, making it a decadent twist on the standard wellington. 

Serve with our ultimate roast potatoes and spiced greens.
 

Venison 

Venison Wellington

Serve up a venison version with mustardy mushrooms and prosciutto. Trust us, this recipe is well worth the effort. Buttery pastry and meaty mushrooms are the perfect partners to venison. 

Serve with red cabbage with apples & star anise and earthy root vegetable mash.
 

Christmas 

Turkey, Brie and cranberry Wellington

Forget the standard beef filling – stuff your wellington with Christmas flavours instead. This turkey, brie & cranberry wellington has it all: succulent turkey breast, stuffing and fruity cranberry sauce. It's a taste of the season in every slice. Add chestnut purée to the stuffing for an extra nutty kick. 

Serve with our smashed roasties and these harissa & marmalade roasted roots.
 

Vegan

Beetroot & squash Wellingtons

Vegans need not miss out on a delicious wellington main. Our beetroot & squash wellingtons with fresh kale pesto are so good, even meat-eaters will be envious of them. Plus, they can be made ahead for a stress-free meal.

Try serving with our vegan Yorkshire puddings.
 

Fish

Spiced salmon coulibiac

Looking for a lighter wellington with a more delicate flavour? This spiced salmon coulibiac is an ideal make-ahead main, and features seafood, spices and puff pastry. It won't look out of place on any dinner party menu, especially when served with fragrant mixed rice and a cooling raita

Serve with our Indian spiced greens.

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