Mouth Watering Breakfast Vol au Vents

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

Here in the States, Vol au Vents were all the rage at cocktail parties in the 70’s. Today, although they are still popular across the pond, here they have been quietly buried and forgotten.

I thought I would resurrect this party classic and put a new spin on it, by serving it for breakfast.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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Serves:

1

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

THE PASTRY SHELL

1 sheet(s)
1 puff pastry sheet, thawed, but still nice and cold
1 large
egg

THE FILLING

1 large
egg
1 slice
slab bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted (clarified, if possible)
1 Tbsp
sour cream
1 Tbsp
heavy cream
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
1 tsp
fresh chives, chopped
1 Tbsp
sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated

Directions Step-By-Step

1
THE PASTRY SHELL
2
Gather your ingredients.
3
Thaw out a piece of puff pastry.
4
Chef’s Note: It should still be nice and cold, but unfrozen.
5
Cut the pastry sheet into equal squares.
6
Chef’s Note: We are going to use three layers for each Vol au Vent, so ideally you should have 3, 6, 9, etc., squares.
7
Chef’s Note: These don’t have to be squares; you could use cookie or biscuit cutters to make them. Since most Vol au Vents are rounds, I choose to make mine square (I’m such a rebel).
8
Whisk the egg with a just a touch of water.
9
Brush both sides of the puff pastries.
10
Create nice stacks of three per Vol au Vent.
11
Using a cutting device, cut through the first layer of each Vol au Vent.
12
Chef’s Tip: You could use most anything… including a small drinking glass.
13
Place them into the refrigerator.
14
Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (176c).
15
Put the Vol au Vents on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
16
Place into the preheated oven, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until risen and golden brown.
17
Chef’s Tip: To achieve even baking, halfway through the baking time, rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees.
18
After they come out of the oven, remove the scored out section of the puff pastry, hollow out the interior, and reserve.
19
THE FILLING
20
Gather your ingredients.
21
Chef’s Note: The portions listed for the ingredients will make one Vol au Vent.
22
Using a fork, mix together the egg, sour cream, and heavy cream. Then season with some salt & pepper, to taste.
23
Place a pan over medium heat.
24
After the pan has heated up, add the butter, and allow it to melt.
25
Chef’s Note: If you can use clarified butter, please do. It will not easily brown, and because there is no water in clarified butter, you won’t have to wait for the foaming to subside.
26
Add the egg to the pan.
27
Sprinkle in the crumbled bacon.
28
Use a spatula to slowly push the cooking eggs toward the center of the pan, and then tilt the pan to allow the uncooked eggs to move to the outer edges.
29
Repeat this process until you have nice large curds.
30
Chef’s Note: The eggs will continue to cook after they are removed from the heat. So, remove them when they are still a bit on the soft side.
31
Place a rack in the upper position, and set your oven to broil.
32
Spoon the eggs into the Vol au Vents.
33
Add the cheese to the top.
34
Place into the oven until the cheese melts, and starts to bubble, about 1 or 2 minutes.
35
Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the chives.
36
Serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy.
37
Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Eggs, Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: French
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Kosher, Low Sodium, Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids