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

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Stage 1 - 20 min.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Wash and chop the mushrooms into small pieces (these are shiitake, but you can use others, particularly wild ones: morels, chanterelles, etc.).

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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.

Stage 5 - 8 min.
Still using the same pan, fry 150 g small pieces of bacon.

At the last minute, add 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Set aside.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
When they are browned, tip the bacon and mushrooms back into the pan on top.

Stage 8 - 15 min.
Add 250 ml cream, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.

Heat the oven to 360°F (180°C) and heat the plates.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
Leave the sauce to reduce on low heat.

.When the mixture has thickened, add the leek then turn off the heat (this will help the leek to stay green).

Stage 10 - 8 min.
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.
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.
The filling will keep for several days in the fridge, but once the vol-au-vent is filled, only a few
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,258 Kcal or 13,641 Kj80 gr76 gr293 gr
163 %31 %7 %44 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
227 Kcal or 950 Kj6 gr5 gr20 gr
11 %2 %<1 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
815 Kcal or 3,412 Kj20 gr19 gr73 gr
41 %8 %2 %11 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites, Milk, Gluten, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 7.61 €
  • Per person : 1.90 €

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