Lunches

May 2, 2022

Veggie Pastrami, Asparagus and Goats Cheese Parcels

I love making these parcels for evenings in with friends, or when we have family coming over for dinner. Not only they do they look really fantastic when they're all golden brown and glazed (we call them "mini plaits of tastiness"), but the flavours of the filling ingredients work together SO WELL - it's all honesty a dreamy combination. The veggie pastrami is already quite smoky and has a slightly salty flavour, but the asparagus is dressed in a tangy and herby dressing, which then blends perfectly with the salty hit of of the goats cheese. I would strongly recommend getting a really good goats cheese here too, but you could always swap this for feta cheese if you prefer...

pastry parcels on a baking tray with fresh basil and golden spoon
Veggie Pastrami, Asparagus and Goats Cheese Parcels

If you've started, you may as well finish...

Now don't read that the wrong way! What I mean is, although these parcels are seriously tasty just by themselves, when you've made something so beautiful and moreish surely you want to finish them so that they're practicably irresistible?? Well, even if you don't - I do! And because there is already plenty of outstanding flavours in the parcels you don't need much, so a couple of spoonfuls of some sundried tomato pesto and some fresh basil leaves will completely do the trick. (It also helps to add two extra pops of colour, so it doesn't hurt anyway, right?)

veggie puff pastry parcels on baking tray with sundried tomato pesto
Veggie Pastrami, Asparagus and Goats Cheese Parcels with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Veggie Pastrami, Asparagus and Goats Cheese Parcels

Salty and herby little parcels of joy that are perfect for devouring in the Spring and Summer...say hello to these delicious Veggie Pastrami, Asparagus and Goats Cheese Puff Pastry Parcels!

Prep:

10

min

cook:

25

min

total:

35

min

Ingredients

  • 150g asparagus
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple-cider vinegar
  • 12 slices of Squeaky Bean Pastrami
  • 320g puff pastry (I use JusRol's ready-made puff pastry)
  • 150g goats cheese, sliced into rings
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Fresh Basil Leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C / Fan Setting 180°C / 395°F / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Place the asparagus in a baking tray. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, wholegrain mustard, garlic, dried thyme and apple-cider vinegar nd season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over 90% of the dressing over the asparagus and make sure everything is coated, and then place the baking tray in the oven to roast for 10 minutes.
  3. On a chopping board, cut the sheet of puff pastry into 6 squares. Place two slices of pastrami along the middle of each square (from one corner to another) and then layer with the asparagus. Gently place two rings of the goats cheese in the middle of the square, and then fold up the other 'spare' corners of the pastry square over the goats cheese. (You may need to press the pastry corners together slightly just to make sure they properly stick together!)
  4. Gently wash the tops of the parcels with the remaining dressing, and then place them in the oven to bake for 20 minutes or so, or until the pastry has turned a beautiful golden brown colour.
  5. These parcels are best served warm, and are extra delicious served with some sundried tomato pesto, fresh basil leaves and a fresh rocket salad, but serve them however you wish.
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Monday, August 9, 2021
Vivien Christie
this version of veggie nachos is so tasty, we have it every time we entertain family and friends. It's a staple recipe, and so easy to make, you must try it!