Brocolli Mushroom Puff

Brocolli Mushroom Puff

Serves 8
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head brocolli
  • 1lb white mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 medium white onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 3 tablespoons nippy cheddar cheese (like Imperial)
  • 3 tablespoons coursely grated parmesan
  • 1 salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 package prepared puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Directions

Step 1
Chop brocolli into bite size pieces. You need to slightly cook the brocolli so at this point I either steam them for about 5 minutes or pop into the microwave. You still want them to somewhat crispy and not overcooked. Once they are cooked set them aside.
Step 2
Add the butter to medium sized sauce pan and melt on medium heat. Once melted add the diced onions and garlic and cook until sligthtly transparent. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes until cooked but not overly browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3
Add the flour and mix well into vegetable mixture. Once blended add in about 1/3 cup of milk and whisk gently into mixture ensuring that you mix flour evenly and do not get lumps. Alternately add cream and milk and continue to stir to allow to thicken in between additions. Ideally you want the mixture to be about the consistency of a cream soup but not too gloppy! If it is too thick then just add a bit more milk.
Step 4
Add in the cheeses and whisk gently until well blended. The portions of cheese are approximate and you can adjust to your taste if you want it more cheesy. These are both strong cheeses so they pack quite a bit of flavour.
Step 5
Once your sauce complete, fold in the precooked brocolli. Lightly stir to coat with cheese mixture and then remove from heat.
Step 6
Now is time to prepare the individual servings. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. For this recipe I use 8 gratin dishes and fill each one evenly with brocolli mixture.
Step 7
Cut the pre-thawed puff pastry into 8 equal portions. With each portion put a small amount of flour on the board and roll out evenly to be slightly larger then the gratin dish.

Lay the puff pastry over top of the dish and carefully seal around the edges of the gratin dish making sure there are no gaps for the sauce to escape on to the pan. Repeat this process for each dish and place evenly on the cookie sheet(s). Pierce each serving with a fork to let some steam escape.
Step 8
Whisk the egg into a bowl and brush each serving lightly with egg mixture.
Step 9
Place in preheated oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until pastry is lightly golden brown. Let sit for about 10 minutes and serve.

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