The most difficult part of this recipe is getting the filling/pastry ratio right!! The rest is easy.
We have trialed this recipe using both puff pastry and filo pastry (instructions are at the bottom of this page). They are both very yummy.
You can jazz this recipe up with a nice grain salad for dinner, pack one in your lunch box or make mini versions to munch on during the game. If you’re catering for a party, add a handful of fancy mushrooms such as porcini, oyster or chanterelle mushrooms. So simple, the mushroom and thyme filling also includes ricotta, leeks and bacon (optional for vegetarians).
You will need:
10 medium flat mushrooms sliced
1 tbs olive oil
1-2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
1 leek finely sliced
100 grams lean bacon diced *optional
3 spring onions sliced
2 tbs firm ricotta
2 tbs grated Parmesan
Olive oil to drizzle
5-6 filo or puff pastry sheets.
How to prepare:
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celcius.
In a pan add one tbs of olive oil. On medium to high heat add the bacon and cook until sizzling for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add the sliced leek and spring onions, and saute until transparent.
Add the sliced mushrooms and cook on low to medium heat for approximately 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms have softened.
Add 1 tbs of Parmesan cheese and stir through until the cheese has melted. Switch off the heat and allow to sit to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Stir through the ricotta. The ingredients should bind together.
Recipe Tip: Most commercially produced puff pastry in Australia is rolled into sheets which are about 1-2mm thick. If your pastry is thicker than this, you will need to roll it out. Simply place it onto a lightly floured surface and flatten with a rolling pin.
Cut the pastry into rectangles, approximately 10 x 20cm long. Heap 2-3 spoonfuls of the mixture onto one half of the pastry rectangle (see below). Brush the edges with olive oil and fold the sheet over. Use a fork to press down and seal the edges. Brush olive oil over the top and sprinkle with a grating of fresh parmesan cheese.
Place the parcel onto a greased baking tray. Bake for 20minutes or until golden.
If using filo pastry:
Checkout our Spiced Lamb Parcels Recipe for instructions on how to prepare the filo pastry. Spoon a small amount of the mixture, about the size of a passionfruit and place at the end of the filo closest to you. Fold either side of the pastry over the mixture, then begin rolling the parcel from the bottom, rolling away from you. Brush the filos with a little olive oil before baking.
Pop the parcels/or filos into the preheated oven for 20 minutes.