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Cauliflower Mushroom Vol au Vente
Serves 2

1/2 box puff pastry
1 cup stock
pinch saffron
1 shallot, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1 T butter
1 T flour
1 cup peas
8 baby carrots, roasted and cut in half inch lengths
2 cups cleaned and chopped cauliflower mushroom
1/4 C grated cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Warm the stock, add the saffron, crumbled. Let steep. Pat the puff
paste smooth and square, cut in half and layer (fold, then cut
along the fold) then cut in half lengthwise to produce two 5-6 inch
squares. Make a cut a half inch in from the edge of the puff paste,
about halfway through. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until
appetizingly brown.

In the meantime, heat the butter and garlic in a midsized frying
pan over medium heat, saute the shallots for a minute or two, add
the garlic, and continue cooking until the shallots are transparent.
Add the flour, stirring to combine well. Allow to simmer for a
moment, then add the stock, allow to boil, reduce heat to low.
Five minutes before serving, add the peas and carrots, and continue
to simmer. (If it gets very dry, add additional water, or see note

When the puff pastry is done: First, stir the mushroom and cheese
into the sauce, cover, and remove from heat.

Remove the puff paste cases from the baking sheet with great care
and place on the serving plates. Use a spatula to gently remove
the cut-out cap and set aside, then with a fork gently remove the
wet pastry from inside the cases.

Salt and pepper the mushroom mixture to taste (I think rather more
than the usual pepper goes well with the flowery mushroom, but I've
been reading a lot of ancient recipes lately) and spool generously
into the cases, put the covers on.

Serve with a nice green salad, and roasted carrots and potatoes
(note 1, again).


1) Quartered new potatoes and peeled baby carrots sprayed with
garlic oil take 40 minutes in a 400 degree oven.The puff paste
should be put in 15 minutes after the vegetables are started. When
the vegetables are done the carrots can be added to the sauce aong
with the peas, which gives about seven minutes of gentle simmering
while the puff paste is finished. When you dress the salad is
entirely up to you.

2) I'd intended to add about 1/8th cup of sherry, which I still
think would have been excellent.

3) A dash or so of tabasco, and (for people who can remember to
take it out of the freezer to defrost) a few tablespoons of pureed
roast garlic would certainly not be amiss.


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