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Dare I mention vol au vents?

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Longbarn5 Mon 26-Oct-20 13:26:02

I know they are are very old fashioned but they are a bit of a tradition at Christmas in my household. Fir the last couple of years I have had to make the puff pastry cases myself and it's a bit of a faff! I used to be able to get up just Rol medium sized frozen cases in nearly all supermarkets but I cant find any who stock them now. Anyone seen them?

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PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 26-Oct-20 13:57:43

I have a feeling they might get them in for Christmas and New Year rather than stocking them all year around. So you might just need to wait a bit?

I've definitely bought them in the last couple of years, from Tesco at least once.

TrickyD Mon 26-Oct-20 14:00:44


I like the cocktail sized ones, but last year I could only find the medium ones, in Iceland I think. I actually rang JusRoll, and the nice woman went to great lengths to find out where they were.

Apparently they stopped distributing cocktail sizes to retail shops, only to places like Costco.

Maybe this year the same fate has befallen medium ones.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 26-Oct-20 14:11:32

For cocktail-sized ones I actually bought the pre-baked ones for Amazon one year (I was doing 600 for an event, and couldn't face baking that many!) and they were fine.

You can "air" them in the oven, but they tasted perfectly fresh straight from the box.

Fairnair Mon 26-Oct-20 20:17:51

I managed to get some Jus Rol vol au vent cases in my delivery last week. Tried last year to get them, & could not find them in Tescos, Asda, Morrison’s or Co-Op.

Fairnair Mon 26-Oct-20 20:18:53

Sorry mean to say Morrison’s delivery.

foodtoorder Mon 26-Oct-20 21:13:23

Haven't seen them yet but I always get sent out for older relative to get them, in the last few years I have bought them in Sainsbury's (bigger store) and Waitrose.

TrickyD Tue 27-Oct-20 07:29:55

Fairnair, what size were those? I only want the small, cocktail, size.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Tue 27-Oct-20 07:48:25

You’ve reminded me of my long-gone DM - she always made the little ones for any sort of ‘do’ (with Jus-Rol). Her mushroom ones were delish.

ApplesinmyPocket Tue 27-Oct-20 07:57:20

I can imagine people sneering at the idea of vol-au-vents (hence the 'old-fashioned' reputation) but ohhhh this thread has made my mouth water.

Crispy little bites of creamy, savoury deliciousness.

Have you got any good fillings to share, Longbarn5? and can Gettinglikemymother share the mushroom recipe?

Ninkanink Tue 27-Oct-20 11:53:21

Aldi or Lidl have them every year in Nov/Dec.

I always do them as part of my Christmas Eve canapé spread.

Ninkanink Tue 27-Oct-20 11:55:19’re talking about ready to bake ones...

Sainsbury’s frozen section maybe?

Otherwise I’d just use the premade ones - everyone loves mine every year and I’ve never made them fresh.

OneofPansPeople Tue 27-Oct-20 12:00:21

I've bought them from Sainsbury's in the run up to Christmas for the past couple of years.

Fairnair Tue 27-Oct-20 14:50:33

TrickyD, vol au vent a are medium size, 18 in a box. Just checked they are 17g each.

FlibbertyGiblets Tue 27-Oct-20 15:05:05

You know you mishear stuff as a kid?
Volley Vonts.

Anyway, yum. Love 'em.

FlibbertyGiblets Tue 27-Oct-20 15:07:16

See also Lick Rish and Nuggit.

TrickyD Tue 27-Oct-20 15:34:46

Thanks, Fairnair, unfortunately I am after the ones with 60 to a box, perfect bite size. I assume Jusroll are, as last year, only supplying them to Costco.
Theoretically I could join Costco, but considering the amount entertaining we will not be doing, it is hardly worth it.

Longbarn5 Tue 27-Oct-20 15:39:10

Sadly I only usually make mushroom since I make them with vegetarian daughter in mind but I do love them 😁

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Ninkanink Tue 27-Oct-20 15:44:21

Ohhhhhhh I want some now!

Mushroom sounds good.

I like crab or salmon mousse garnished with a dinky little slice of cucumber and a sprig of dill

Or horseradish sauce, then a tiny slice of cherry tomato, topped with a little cube of roast beef

Also melty Brie or other soft cheese, topped with cranberry sauce and a walnut

AriettyHomily Tue 27-Oct-20 15:45:15

Party size?

thelegohooverer Tue 27-Oct-20 15:47:17

Mmm I love vol au vents. They were the height of sophistication when I was a child grin
I’ve definitely bought the pre made ones in lidl. And I think Aldi has the ready to bake ones.
I use disposable piping bags (Poundland) to keep cold fillings and sauce garnishes in the fridge so I can put them together quickly with no mess at the last minute.

FelicityPike Tue 27-Oct-20 15:50:27

They’re a staple in our family Christmas too.

Ninkanink Tue 27-Oct-20 15:51:31

Could also do egg mayonnaise topped with a tiny shrimp and a sliver of lemon peel

Smoked salmon with sour cream, caviar and chives

Gravadlax with mustard and honey sauce, topped with thinly sliced shallot

Ham terrine with apple sauce and crispy bacon

AmIAWeed Tue 27-Oct-20 15:51:55

As long as you don't live near me and buy them all I'll tell you, because 2 years ago everywhere was sold out but Iceland!
I actually still have a box as I may have gone nuts and bought lots.
We do have them at birthdays as well as Christmas because my chicken and ham vol au vonts are legendary

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Tue 27-Oct-20 15:57:11

I do chicken and mushroom usually, but have also done smoked salmon mousse, feta and caramelised onion and peppers, cream cheese with pesto and sundried tomato, piped sweet potato mash topped with pulled pork.

My DSis has made sweet ones, which were fun!

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