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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wild mushroom / puff pastry / smoked cheese gateaux

image courtesy of frenchforfoodies


Although a bit loose on the definition i suppose in respect this pays homage to both the definition of a geatux and a mille fuille - providing multi"tonal" layers in the form of a gateaux and remaining true to the millefuille aspect with the pastry. If you wish you can substitute melba toast for the pastry in each layer.

It's pretty simple as a dish, suitable for a starter and as a main course or even a halfway measure between the two. The use of a wild mushroom fricasse approach as the filling utilising smoked cheese also gives a wonderful depth of flavour, whilst maintaining armoatic tones from herbs and garlic also. Strictly speaking, in supposition this is definitely a vegetarian dish, but can incorporate meats such as bacon for a base flavour where neccesary.

You will need (per portion):

1 portion mushroom fricasse
1 10cm x 10cm cooked section of puff pastry, cut into 3 layers horizontally (giving you 3 thin slices)
finely chopped parsley and tarragon 1 tsp each.
1tbsp Vinaigrette dressing
1 tsp truffle oil
handful of rocket, for garnish.

The doing bit.

Gently warm the mushroom fricasse in a pan, adding the smoked cheese in the last few minute. We dont want the cheese to melt entirly only to heavily soften and become malleable. In a low heated oven (about 160C ) warm through the pastry layers gently. Brush the pastry with a little butter or milk if requiring further gloss or colouring.

Upon service layer as follows: fricasse / cheese mix, pastry and repeat. Dress the rocket with the vinaigrette and truffle oil and place on top of the stack. Garnish the plate with the fresh herbs and serve.

Devour.

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