Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-vents

Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-vents

Creamy, dreamy and decadent, these vol-au-vents are an elegant way to start any meal. Layers of golden puff pastry encase a velvety lobster, mushroom and tarragon-scented sauce with just a hint of brandy. Love will certainly be in the air with this one!

1 hr 30 mins total time

30 mins active time


Serves 2



  • Cooking spray
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry

    just thawed, approx 9¾-inches x 13¾-inches

  • 1 large egg

    lightly beaten

  • 4 oz baby bella mushrooms

    cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 2 eschalots

    finely chopped

  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz raw lobster meat

    cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • ⅓ cup (2¾ fl oz) heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon

    plus extra leaves to serve

  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

    plus extra to serve


  • 1Spray the pizza pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • 2Place the pastry on a tray and brush with the egg. Using a 3¼-inch round cookie cutter, cut the pastry into 12 rounds. Using a 2½-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the inner circles from 10 of the rounds to create rings. Using a fork, dock the 2 remaining rounds. Remove and discard the excess pastry. If the pastry becomes too soft, place it in the fridge to firm up.
  • 3Place the 2 rounds on the prepared pan and top each round with 5 pastry rings. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • 4Insert the wire rack into position 7. Press PHASE COOK, for P1 select BAKE/CONVECTION/350°F/13 minutes and press CONFIRM. For P2 select BAKE/NO CONVECTION/350°F/24 minutes. Press START to preheat.
  • 5Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and cook until the pastry is golden and crisp.
  • 6Adjust the oven to AIR FRY/SUPER CONVECTION/400°F/10 minutes and enable Rotate Remind. Press START to preheat. Meanwhile, place the mushrooms, eschalots, salt and oil in a large bowl and mix to combine. Transfer to the roasting pan.
  • 7Once preheated, place the mushroom mixture in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. When the Rotate Remind signals, stir in the lobster and continue cooking.
  • 8Add the brandy to the pan to deglaze, then add the cream and stir to combine. Remove from the oven. Stir in the egg yolk, mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, tarragon and lemon zest.
  • 9Adjust the oven to BAKE/NO CONVECTION/350°F/5 minutes and press START to preheat.
  • 10Spoon the filling into the vol-au-vent cases. Once preheated, return to the oven and cook until the filling is hot.
  • 11Serve the vol-au-vents garnished with tarragon and lemon zest.
    Tip: Use the best quality puff pastry you can find. A local bakery often sells fresh puff pastry.

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