Friday, October 7, 2011

Chicken vol-au-vents

chicken vol-au-vents

 2 packets of puff pastry sheets or shells or vol-au-vent cases
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 stems of leek, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp butter
1/2 lb. chicken thigh fillets, diced
2 tbsp white wine
2 tbsp cream
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup shredded cheese ( optional)

Saute garlic, leeks, onions and mushrooms  in butter. Add the flour. Cook for 3 minutes. Add seasonings. Reduce heat. Add chicken. Cook for 5 minutes or more till chicken is cooked. Add wine, then cream. Stir till thickened. Spoon into vol-au-vent cases. Heat in oven for 5 minutes at 350 F.

If using puff pastry sheets, make cases, prior to filling. I couldn't get pre-made shells here, and made the cases from Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets. Use 2 sheets together. Place one on top of the other. Press firmly. Cut 2" rounds from sheets. Score a smaller round inside each 2" circle, leaving 1/4" border-- do not cut all the way through. Bake them for 10 minutes at 425 F. Remove the soft center carefully using a fork, or just push it in. Cool.

PS: one quick and easy way to make the filling -- to get some readymade roast or fried chicken pieces from the store ;)

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