Chestnut, Mushroom and Lentil Jalousie

Today I’d like to share one of our favourite pastry bakes, which we love to serve over the festive holidays. For the past couple of years, we’ve enjoyed this bake for our Boxing Day dinner, either with a big pile of roasted veggies or ‘bubble and squeak’. Since we’re at my mum’s this Christmas, we’ll be serving it alongside her infamous home-made chips and baked beans 🙂

This bake can also be eaten cold, so any leftovers make a tasty treat for lunchboxes. Once cooled, it holds together really well.

I packed some slices of this bake for our long road trip to France this summer. It was so much tastier than anything we’d ever find at the service stations and it kept us going for hours!

While it looks pretty impressive, it’s actually very simple to make…

The onion, garlic, celery and mushrooms are gently cooked, then stirred in with the remaining ingredients.

Chestnut & Mushroom Jalousie - Prep 1

The mixture is spread onto a sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry.

Chestnut & Mushroom Jalousie - Prep 2

A second sheet of pastry in folded lengthwise and scored with a knife.

Chestnut & Mushroom Jalousie - Prep 3

The ‘shutter’ goes on top of the bake and the sides are crimped together.

Chestnut & Mushroom Jalousie - Prep 5

It’s then baked until lightly golden brown.

And just in case you’re wondering, ‘Jalousie’ is the French term for ‘shutter’, referring to the slatted style of the pastry topping. It sounds far more sophisticated in French don’t you think?

Products used in this recipe

Merchant Gourmet Chestnut Purée, currently available in all major UK supermarkets

Epicure Organic Bijoux Verts Lentils, available in the UK from Tesco and Waitrose

Jus Rol Puff Pastry Sheets, available from all major UK supermarkets

If you wanted to make a smaller bake, you could make a pastry ‘plait’ similar to the method I used for the chestnut pate en croute. You’d only need 1/3 – 1/2 of the filling, so you could freeze the rest for another time.

You could also use the filling to make single-serve bakes or ‘vol au vents’. It’s very versatile!

What do you traditionally eat for your Christmas and Boxing Day dinners? Have you already planned your festive meals for this year? For Christmas Day, we’ll be having a festive nut roast, served alongside a huge pile of our favourite roasted veggies. I’ll be posting my favourite festive nut roast recipe early next week 🙂


13 thoughts on “Chestnut, Mushroom and Lentil Jalousie

  1. This looks lovely Sharon! I’d happily eat the filling all on its own. Although I speak French and know the word ‘jalousie’ I’ve never heard of this dish.

    We’ll be at my brother’s for Christmas this year and my sister-in-law is cooking me something vegan. For boxing day this year my Mum wants to go out and as we’ll be in London I’ve got lots of veggie restaurants to choose from!

    1. Thanks Emma ♥
      Yes, I could do with a healthier alternative to the puff pastry 😉 If you’ve got any ideas, do let me know!
      Sounds like you’ve got lots of great things lined up for the next couple of weeks. It’ll be wonderful to spend some quality time with the family. Enjoy! xx

  2. You’ve just solved my problem of what to cook next weekend with friends coming over straight after work! I can prepare it the day before and pop in the pastry and oven on the night. Thanks Sharon!

  3. Boxing day dinner? Who is your favorite boxer? I used to be a fan of Pacquiao, but now I’m a forever fan of Klitschko brothers. I would love to have a slice of these savory pastries, the exteriors look beautiful with the golden brown color and the ‘Jalousie’ sounds beautiful and far more sophiscated in French, too 😉 We don’t really have a traditional meal or snack for Christmas, we are pretty flexible on trying new dishes and ingredients…and I saw an enlongated long black radish at a local market in Paris…I would love to use it in a Christmas meal or snack!

    1. We call the 26th December ‘Boxing Day’. Do you call it this in the US too? I’ve never knew why it had this name and you got me wondering, so I’ve just looked it up on Wikipedia… In the olden days, this was the day when servants and tradesmen would receive a gift (Christmas Box) from their employees, so it became known as ‘Boxing Day’. So now I know!
      Here’s wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Boxing Day in beautiful Paris ♥

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