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Michael 10-21-2004 08:37 AM

asparagus pithiviers by

Category: Appetizers and Dips

This recipe is suitable for a: vegetarian/vegan diet.




225g/8oz pkt ready rolled puff pastry sheet

15ml/1tbsp soya milk (for the glaze)

25g/1oz sesame seeds

Watercress Sauce:

25g/1oz soya margarine

3 spring onions

300ml/½ pt vegetable stock

2 bunches watercress

Salt and freshly ground pepper


1 garlic, whole and unpeeled

100/4oz bunch asparagus, chopped into 5cm/2in pieces

4 baby sweetcorn, chopped into 5cm/2in pieces

25g/1oz soya margarine

25g/1oz unbleached flour

180g /6floz soya milk

45ml/ 1,1/2floz vegetarian white wine

50g/2oz ground pine nuts, roasted

2.5ml/1tsp mustard

1 handful fresh, flat leaf parsley, chopped.

(reserve a few parsley leaves for garnish)



Watercress sauce:

Heat the margarine, fry the spring onions until soft.

Add stock and bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes.

Add watercress, boil for 15 seconds, then remove from heat.

Season. Cool, then blend.

To assemble pithiviers:

Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 4/ 180C/350F.

Place the ready rolled pastry, folded on a lightly floured board and cut out 4 rounds with a 13cm/ 5inch plain cutter.

Place the pastry rounds on a greased baking sheet, brush with soya milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Place in the oven for 15 minutes until well-risen and golden brown.

Set aside and keep warm.


Roast the garlic in the oven for about 10 minutes, then remove them from their skins.

Set aside.

Steam the asparagus and the sweetcorn.

Set aside.

In a saucepan heat the margarine, sprinkle with the flour and cook the roux for 2 minutes stirring continually.

Remove from the heat and add the soya milk.

Continue stirring.

Place back on the heat and continue to stir until the sauce thickens.

Stir in the wine, cook for a 2 minutes, then remove from the heat.

Mix together the pine nuts, mustard and roasted garlic and add to the sauce, beating constantly.

Add the parsley and the vegetables.

Cut the pastry cases horizontally in half and remove the pastry inside.

Spoon the vegetable mixture into the pastry base and top with the pastry lids.

Serve the pithivier on an individual serving plate with the heated watercress sauce.

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