27 June 2012

Two Bucks 'til Tuesday - Mushroom Pastries

I have booked our flights to Melbourne and am now dirt poor until next pay day, so what does one eat with a bare wallet and bare cupboards? Whatever they can! I had mushrooms in the fridge so started there, and this is what happened . . 

Bag of Mushrooms, chopped
3 sheets of Puff Pastry
1 Clove of Garlic, crushed
1 Onion, sliced
2 pinches Thyme
2 pinches Oregano
Splash of Dry Sherry/White or Red Wine, dependant on what you have, or like
1 tsp Beef Stock
1- 2 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire  
Gravy of Choice
1/4 c Soy Milk
Sesame Seeds
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste.

Preheat the oven to 180 deg and pull out the puff pastry to defrost while working on the mushrooms.
In a large pot, heat some oil, and throw in the garlic. Add the mushrooms and stir until all are coated in oil.
Add the thyme and oregano. When adding the thyme crush it between your forefinger and thumb, this will help release the essential oils & flavour! While this is happening, in a fry pan heat some oil and add the onions, cooking them until soft. As the mushrooms released their juices I poured them in with the onions, as they would make the mixture too soggy, but the onions absorbed the extra liquid and flavour up.
In a separate pot follow packet instructions to make '1 serving' of gravy, I used Gravox (accidentally vegan).
Stirring the mushrooms, add the onions, wine, beef stock, Worcestershire, and gravy, as well as salt and pepper to taste. At this stage test the mushroom mixture, and tweak where necessary.
Once you are happy with the mix, assemble! I made 'sausage rolls', but these could also be done as pies, pasties, how ever you want to serve them! To make the rolls, spoon the mix in a line down the middle of a sheet of pastry as you would a sausage roll, leaving a 1cm gap between the mix and the ends. Roll and pinch the ends shut with a fork. 
Brush the rolls with milk, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Pop into the oven for approx. 15mins, or until golden brown.

I served these with mashed potato, peas & corn, every thing I used I had in the house, the whole meal didn't cost me a cent! Perfect for a pauper!


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