Mushroom Parcels


The magic of mushrooms! The humble mushroom packs a great immune-boosting punch, they are full of proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antibiotics, and antioxidants. They are a rich source of fibre, selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin D – so even though these are a tasty treat, they are also pretty good for you. Chilled and frozen pastry seems to be in good supply in the UK as are all the other ingredients – so get the kids and give this a go!

1-2 x tsp olive oil – or oil of your choice without a strong flavour
1 x (320g) pack of Jusrol chilled puff pastry sheet
1 x red onion or shallot – finely chopped
1 x 200/250g plastic container of mushrooms (of your choice) – finely diced
2 x big cloves of garlic – grated
1 x tsp of smoked paprika or chilli powder (whichever you prefer – slightly less chilli powder unless you like heat!)
1 x tsp sea salt
1 x tsp ground black pepper
Little olive oil for brushing.
Sesame seeds – optional

Allow the chilled pre-made puff pastry to come to room temperature.
In a good frying pan add your oil and gently warm up.
Once warm add your chopped onion for about 5 mins until the onion starts to soften. Then add in your grated garlic, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and stir.
Allow the mixture to cook for a couple of minutes and then add in your finely chopped mushrooms, gently cook through until the onions are soft (but not brown) You want a little bit of bite left in the mushrooms so don’t overcook.
Now set the mixture aside to cool and pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
Unroll the pastry sheet and cut into 2 equal long strips (so cut with a knife horizontally so you have 2 long rectangles.)
Spoon about a tbsp of the mixture in the top middle of one of the rectangles, leaving 1cm all around (like you would make ravioli – only bigger!).
Keep adding a tbsp along the rectangle – there will probably only be 4-5 parcels from this sheet (brush the edges with a little water). Then place the other rectangle of pastry over the top of the little piles of mushroom mix and gently press the edges down.
Now seal the edges of the long parcel with the edge of the fork and then divide into parcels, carefully sealing the edges with the edge of the fork.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place your parcels on the tray.
Brush each parcel with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds and place in the oven for about 25 minutes until they are golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Now you can serve with a nice salad and a glass of red!


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