Mushroom millefeuille

The World Cup is nearly over. And I have lost interest. The two teams any self-respecting England supporter should despise (Germany and Argentina) are playing in the final on Sunday. Why are they despised? Too painful to explain. If you don’t know, you don’t need to know.

Nevertheless, I read something quite funny the other day. (If you hate football, and you aren’t English, you might as well skip this bit because you won’t get it or simply won’t care).

Gary Linekar, our very own ‘goal-poacher-extraordinaire‘, once said:

‘Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.’

And we Brits (technically we English) know this is true. But it’s okay. It’s still fun to watch other teams, and their supporters. Some of them think they are good enough to beat the Germans. Take Brazil. Well they found out didn’t they. Or the French. Now they played Germany just the past week, and they probably thought they had a chance. But they didn’t. German efficiency stretches beyond Vorsprung durch Technik.

But the French need not worry. They can cook. Germany is only famous for big chocolate cakes covered with cherries and pickled cabbage served with sausage. The French come up with all sorts of amazing things. Take mushroom millefeuille.

These are essentially big vols-au-vent, you know those morsels of ‘wind-blown’ lightness served up during ‘80’s dinner parties.

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I found this on the Michel Roux Jr page of the Good Food magazine. (You will need at least two solid baking sheets for this one)

  • 1 pack puff pastry
  • cayenne pepper
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 punnets chestnut mushrooms
  • large knob butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • good glug Madeira
  • 200ml double cream

For the garnish

  • handful of fancy mushrooms; the recipe called for girolle but I couldn’t find those so just got a pack of ‘exotic’ mushrooms. Go figure what exotic means but I didn’t start tripping out so they weren’t that exotic
  • knob of butter
  • lemon juice
  • chopped chives

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Cut the pastry in half and roll each rectangle out to about ¼cm thick (photo above shows pastry already cooked I must have got out of synch, where’s the wine). Place each piece on a baking sheet, sprinkle on the cayenne pepper and then place another baking sheet on top.

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Bake in the oven at 180 centigrade for about 25 minutes, remove from the oven, take off the top baking sheet and leave to cool.

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Meanwhile make the filling. Gently fry the shallot and mushroom in the butter to soften. Add the tarragon, Madeira and cream and leave to simmer, to reduce by a half. Season and leave to cool.

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Whizz the mixture to form a mousse-type thing. Put the mix in a piping bag and chill in the fridge.

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Prepare the garnish by frying the mushrooms in a bit of butter and finishing with the lemon juice and chives. Using a pastry cutter, cut out 6 pastry circles from each slice of cooked pastry.

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To construct the millefeuille, take a disc of pastry and pipe some filling onto it in a swirl.

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Place another disc on top and add more filling. Top with a third disc of pastry.

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Pop some of the garnish mushrooms on top. Drizzle some olive oil around the creation and sprinkle some finely chopped chives over the whole thing.

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34 thoughts on “Mushroom millefeuille

  1. Superbly presented there. I’d be happy to be served this in a restaurant.
    Who’d have thought ol’ jug ears was so philosophical, and correct as it turned out. Looking forward to more misplaced anticipation in two years time…

  2. I don’t normally watch any sports, even American but even I watched some of the soccer (sorry, football). I guess if I had read your post earlier, I wouldn’t have had to watch the game. I’m not English & don’t watch soccer but I appreciate Linekar’s comment.
    Pretty fancy meal you whipped up though – very impressive!

  3. Quality posting indeed. I love your self deprecating approach to ‘the beautiful game’. I am in France as I type and this is pretty great quality. For my part, if it were being played in the back garden, I’d pull the curtains.

    • The chief of our National Football Association has stated that the England team is aiming to win the Qatar 2022 World Cup. My view is that we should be more concerned about qualifying to be at the tournament before we worry about winning it. But hats off to the Germans they kind of deserve it

  4. Hilarious commentary on the World Cup! Because I work in a Foreign Language Department, all my colleagues are European and have been watching the games for the past month.

    This gorgeous mille-feuille, on the other hand, is far from hilarious: it looks DIVINE! I swear, you should have a restaurant. Your food looks that good. Bravo! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! 🙂

  5. Germans also have Weimer dogs, and working with wood. music 😉 I like your pictures tho..British has Harry Potter, Chef Gordon(really he is a Scot) Music Beatles Pink Flyod ,others,, French King of Kings on Cooking,.etc Have a nice day

    • Believe me every time England faces Germany we all take a very deep breath and don’t let go for 90 mins. But between you and me (and don;t let anyone else know) I am going for Germany – Maradona cheated in 1986 and that just isn’t..well…cricket (an English phrase).

      • Hi Good luck on your trip and I won’t tell. Britain and Germany and France and some others sound like wonderful places.. Not really into sports but that’s just me;) Unless it ha something to do with Cooks and Chefs;) Take care..

          • No I mean the walking dogs.. But Post -pub Food sounds wonderful;) Sorry for the mistake..;) That’s what I call the dogs. Sausages that are fried that sounds good my friend..

          • Yes they are long Hair or short hair .Red, or black and brown. Mine is short hair and brown and black.. Short long dogs can be fast on their feet if wish to be .Mine is a funny dog sometimes.;)Mine is also pure breed some have two breed dogs here .Other small dogs mixed with a dashhound …;)

          • We had Golden Retrievers in my childhhood. Nice to look at anf very friendly but quite possibly the daftest dogs ever. Neither of ours could actually retrieve. They could only point at things. So if you threw a stick or a ball they would chase after it, find it, and then just stand there looking at it. Bless them

          • Those are good dogs Silly yes but also good watch dogs and smart at times. They sound like a sweet bunch. Your dogs sound like they could keep you amused:)

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