It’s been a while since I posted out a snack/starter recipe and I did want to post this out as a New Year’s Eve recipe that we could use with family and friends...but as we know my laptop had other ideas and I couldn’t post anything out until now.
Anyway! Enough negativity let’s talk about food. These parcels are a simple and easy recipe to make when you just need a good snack (or need to subdue a few hungry mouths!)
375g Puff Pastry (1 packet)
40g Vegan Pastrami/ Ham
45g Cheese, roughly grated
1 Egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 6 and put a baking tray in the oven to warm.
Cut the asparagus about 3/4 of the way down the stick but keep the offcuts for stews and risottos!
Unroll the pastry in its greaseproof paper and place it on your heated baking tray, then score the pastry into 6 squares.
Take your pastrami/ham and wrap it around the asparagus before placing the asparagus at an angle with the tips facing the corner of each pastry square.
Sprinkle over the cheese!
Brush a small amount of egg onto opposite sides of the pastry and fold the pastry over the filling before gently pressing down on the edges to seal.
Egg wash each parcel then sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until puffed and golden.
I was really happy with how these turned out! They look crispy, golden and I think something that a lot of people would like to try. The Squeaky Bean vegan pastrami actually cooked quite well this time, usually, it becomes very brittle in the oven but blanketed by pastry it seemed to do ok, the asparagus was tender and well cooked and obviously, the burst of sharp Gloucester cheese that I chose went well with the more subtle flavours of the asparagus.
All in all, this recipe probably took 40 mins from prep to cook to cool, so that leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy being with the ones you love and let the oven do the work!
I had more than enough to take for lunch the next day and I can honestly say they’re just as tasty when they’re cold, so all round they’re a pretty good snack for any moment!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I can’t wait for all the good things this year has in store for us.