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The classic vol-au-vent of French cuisine consists of a very light puff pastry case (supposedly so light that it could fly off in the lightest puff of wind) with a cream-based filling.

There are many different recipes for fillings. This version uses bacon, chicken, mushrooms and leeks.


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Last modified on: October 20th 2013

For 4 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
40 min.43 min.1 hour 23 min.
Preservation: The filling will keep for several days in the fridge, but once the vol-au-vent is filled, only a few
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Step by step recipe

1 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #1Rinse and chop 1 leek. Rinse and chop ½ onion. 20 min.
2 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #2Pour 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.
5 min.
3 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #3Wash and chop the mushrooms into small pieces (these are shiitake, but you can use others, particularly wild ones: morels, chanterelles, etc.). 5 min.
4 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #4Using 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 min.
5 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #5Still using the same pan, fry 150 g small pieces of bacon.

At the last minute, add 1 tablespoon vinegar.

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

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

Heat the oven to 360°F (180°C) and heat the plates.
15 min.
9 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #9Leave the sauce to reduce on low heat.
5 min.
10 Vol-au-vent : Photo of step #10Reheat 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.
8 min.


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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
325880 gr76 gr293 gr
163 %31 %7 %44 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2276 gr5 gr20 gr
11 %2 %<1 %3 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
81419 gr18 gr73 gr
41 %8 %2 %11 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 7.61 €
Per person : 1.90 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A light Beaujolais.
Source: Home made.
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