Party Vol-au-vents Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Puff pastry: 2 sheets, thawed if frozen
  • Egg wash: 1 egg, beaten
  • Fillings of your choice (See suggestions below)

Equipment:

  • Rolling pin
  • Medium and small circular cookie cutters (or a knife to cut shapes)
  • Baking sheet
  • Fork
  • Small saucepan (for some fillings)

Instructions: Vol-au-vent Cases

  • Prep: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • Cut the shapes: Roll out the puff pastry sheets to a slight thickness (about 1/8 inch). Use the medium cookie cutter to cut out circles.
  • Create rings: Using the smaller cutter, cut out the center of half the circles, creating rings.
  • Assemble: Place the full circles on the baking sheet. Brush the edge of each circle with egg wash. Carefully stack 2-3 rings on top of each circle, brushing egg wash between each layer.
  • Prick and bake: Prick the center of each base with a fork to prevent over-puffing. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.
  • Cool and fill: Let the vol-au-vent cases cool slightly. Gently press down the centers if needed, and they’re ready to fill!

Filling Options:

Classic Creamy Chicken and Mushroom:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional garnish)

Instructions: Melt butter, sauté mushrooms, add chicken, cream, and wine (if using). Simmer until thickened, then season. Fill the cases and garnish with parsley.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz smoked salmon, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and fill the cases.

Vegetarian Spinach and Feta:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Sauté onions. Add spinach, cook briefly, then stir in feta and season. Fill the cases.

Tips:

  • Frozen puff pastry: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight for best results.
  • Make-ahead: Prepare the cases a day in advance and store in an airtight container. Fill just before serving.
  • Customizable fillings: Get creative! Think curries, shrimp salad, even sweet dessert versions.

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