Valentine’s Recipes: Heart-shape quiche and Vol-au-vent!

It is again that time of the year when, no matter where you are looking, all you can see are hearts! Chocolate hearts, gift boxes, cakes, cookies…everything shouts out loud I LOVE YOU!

Isn’t that sweet???

Personally I am not too much into Valentine’s day, but I do like to receive a small gift just as a small reminder.

I also like to make a nice dinner for my better half on Valentine’s day, generally I cook something slightly fancy, special. However recently I have received many requests from people asking for easy/quick recipes to whip up for Valentine’s, without braking the bank!

So here I came up with the idea of making 2 different starters (both shaped like a heart), using pretty much the same ingredients. A smart way to save some money but still impress your guests!

So let’s make mini-heart-shaped quiche and vol-au-vents, shall we?

Ingredients:

For the mini- quiche!

Grab your puff pastry and let it sit on your kitchen counter until completely thawed

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Take the mushrooms

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wash them and slice them up

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In a skillet heat up one clove of garlic with 2 tbsp of oil

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add the mushrooms, season with salt and pour in the red wine

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Cook uncovered on medium-high for about 15 min. Add the chopped parsley and set aside.

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Now take the fresh spinach

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Wash them and cut them up

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In a skillet heat up 1 tbsp of oil with 1 tbsp of butter

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Add the spinach and stir well, season with salt, pepper and minced garlic

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Set aside

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then chop them up finely

In a bowl combine the egg, salt, pepper, 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese and the heavy cream. Beat up all the ingredients together for 1-2 minutes

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Grab one of this cute heart shape pan πŸ™‚

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Roll out the puff pastry sheet, and cut it out into 2 big hearts. Place one into the pan, pressing well around the edges

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then place the chopped emmental cheese, mushrooms, spinach

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then pour in half of the egg mixture, fold the edges

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and bake at 180 C for about 20 min

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Repeat one more time to make the second quiche.

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Here you can see that one of my quich has a green color while the other does not, Why? I have deliberately done it to show you what are the differences you can get based on which order you lay the ingredients into your quiche. IN the first one I place:

1. cheese

2. mushrooms

3. spinach

4. egg mixture

thus the green color on top

In the second one I put:

1. cheese

2. spinach

3. mushrooms

4. egg mixture

thus the whitish color πŸ™‚

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Now on to the heart-shaped vol-au-vents! Roll out the second disc of puff pastry and using cookie cutters, cut out hearts.

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Now take 3 of the hearts brush one with the egg-milk wash, then using a smaller cookie cutter, cut off the center of the other 2 hearts, brush them with the wash and place them on top of the first heart.

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Bake at 200 C for about 15-20 min or until the hearts are nice and buff and got a nice golden color. Remove from the oven and let them cool down.

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Meanwhile prepare the filling. In your blender put the sauteed spinach with the mascarpone cheese and a tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese

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and blend until you get a nice, smooth cream

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Place the cream into a pasty bag and fill up the center of your vol-au-vents then decorate with a few slices of mushrooms.

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Serve immediately!

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There you go you have 2 starters using exactly the same ingredients!

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If you are looking for some handy dandy quick fix for Valentine’s day, check out Epermarket Valentine’s session for some easy gifts!

Love

– LittleDani

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.