I thought I would 'invent' this after the success of my recent Beef Wellington. Disappointingly, after I had assembled them and check teh internets (sic), I discover that I am not the first to make this :-)
It's very much an experiment, made from what was available when the shops were shut. One of the things I may change is to use Belazu chilli jelly, instead of cranberry jelly - or maybe that can be another recipe.
From the ingredients you would think that it would serve just two people as the chicken breasts were quite small and the bacon very thin. However we both agreed that as they were they could easily have serve 4 people, especially if served with extra vegetables.
- 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 3 Cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- 170 g coarse pork and mushroom pâté
- 6 rashers bacon
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 375g Jus Rol, ready rolled puff pastry
- 2 egg yolks for brushing the pastry.
- Preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F - gas 7), [fan oven 200° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]
- Add the olive oil to a small pan and give it a good grind of black pepper
- Very gently fry the garlic and onions for 10 minutes in the oil until soft
- Add the pâté, heat and stir until it breaks down and mingles with the onions. remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
- Lay 3 rashers of bacon out on a large sheet of cling-film and spread half of the pate over the bacon
- With a sharp knife, make a pocket in the chicken breast and add a tablespoon of cranberry jelly
- Lay the chicken breast on the bacon and with the help of the cling-film, roll up into a parcel and 'twizzle' the ends to seal.
- Repeat for the other chicken breast.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, at the same time, remove the puff-pastry and allow it to reach room temperature.
- After 30 minutes, remove the cling-film and wrap each chicken/bacon parcel in puff pastry. There will be enough for two in 1 pack of ready-rolled pastry.
- You can either make the Wellington properly by brushing the pastry joins with egg-yolk and pressing together with the tines of a fork, or cheat as I have by twisting the joins like a Calzone pizza or a Cornish pasty.
- Brush the surface of the Wellingtons with egg-yolk so they colour when baked.
- Chill the Wellingtons in the fridge while the oven warms up, then bake for 35 to 40 minutes - Check the chicken is properly cooked then serve.
I was a little concerned that the chicken would not be cooked in the 20 to 30 minutes that it normally takes to cook puff pastry. In the event we cooked them in the oven with the hasselback potatoes, which took almost an hour. The chicken was very moist, probably due to the cranberry sauce and pate, yet the pastry was perfect - super crunchy!
Much cheaper than Beef Wellington.
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