Vol-au-vent

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  1. 20 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #1
  2. 5 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #2
    Pour 2 tablespoonsful of olive oil into a frying pan on medium heat. When hot, add the chopped onion, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute without colouring.

    Add the leek, salt and pepper again, stir well and cook until the leek is just cooked but still a fresh green.

    Set aside.
  3. 5 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #3
    Wash and chop the mushrooms into small pieces (these are shiitake, but you can use others, particularly wild ones: morels, chanterelles, etc.).
  4. 5 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #4
    Using the same pan on medium heat, pour in 2 tablespoonsful of olive oil. When hot, add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook briefly (they should not have time to soften much).

    At the last minute, add the juice of half a lemon.

    Set aside.
  5. 8 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #5
    Still using the same pan, fry 150 g small pieces of bacon.

    At the last minute, add 1 tablespoon vinegar.

    Set aside.
  6. 10 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #6
    Cut 200 g chicken breast into small pieces.

    Pour 2 tablespoonsful of olive oil into the frying pan and fry the chicken pieces after seasoning.
  7. 2 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #7
    When they are browned, tip the bacon and mushrooms back into the pan on top.
  8. 15 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #8
    Add 250 ml cream, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.

    Heat the oven to 360°F (180°C) and heat the plates.
  9. 5 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #9
    Leave the sauce to reduce on low heat.
  10. 8 min.Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #10
    Reheat the 4 vol-au-vents cases for 5 minutes in the oven. Place a pastry case on each plate and fill until slightly overflowing.

    Serve immediately on its own or with pilau rice, for example.

Remarks:

The vol-au-vent was invented by the great chef Antonin Carême in the early 19th century.

I maintain (admittedly with a certain caution) that the French "bouchées à la reine" (literally, the Queen's mouthfuls) are simply small, bite-sized vol-au-vents.

And to drink?

A light Beaujolais.

Source:

Home made.

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