Creamy Chicken Vol-au-Vent

Total Time: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.,Makes: 6 servings

My friends and I have been getting together for “ladies lunches” for years. These vol-au-vents are the perfect no-fuss fancy food; they look complicated, but are actually simple and fun to make. Whenever I think of good friends and good company, I think of these savory pastries. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17.30 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 bacon strips
  • 2 medium leeks (white parts only), sliced
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley plus additional ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, unfold 1 puff pastry sheet. Using a 3-1/4-in. round cutter, cut out 6 circles. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Unfold the remaining pastry sheet. Cut 6 more circles out with the 3-1/4-in. round cutter; with a 2-1/2-in. cutter, cut centers out of the circles. Place the rings on top of the circles that are on the baking sheet. Place the center circles also on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk egg and water; brush over pastries. Chill 15 minutes. Bake until dark golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings. Add leeks and pepper to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 5-7 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in bacon, chicken, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until blended; remove from heat.
  4. When cool enough to handle, hollow out pastries with a small knife. Fill with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley and pepper. Serve with small center pastries on the side.
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NutritionFacts

1 filled pastry: 669 calories, 45g fat (16g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 19g protein.

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