Essentially I created these yummy little parcels as a fast, delicious and easy meal you could make for children’s lunches at home. They’re a great “meat free Monday” meal and served with a side salad are a great light lunch for the whole family.
But then I got to brainstorming and thought how wonderful these little parcels are for using up leftovers too! The recipe below would be perfect with some shredded chicken mixed through the filling that’s left over from last nights roast dinner or you could change it up completely and fill the parcels with whatever you have left over from last nights dinner. Imagine some butter chicken in the middle of these little crispy triangles! Yum! Or even your roast lamb with veg and some gravy would be amazing all mixed up and popped in the centre too. Even with the chicken you could leave out the vegetables I’ve used today and use asparagus instead, I love the combination of chicken, cheese and asparagus! Yum!
The sky is really the limit and the idea is to make meal times cost less (where possible), reduce the amount of waste we are putting out there and making meal times easy where we can and these cheesy vegetable triangles tick all the boxes!
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
1 cup cooked frozen veg (or whatever you have to use up)
3 sheets store bought frozen puff pastry, defrosted
A sprinkle of sesame seeds
Olive oil spray or cooking spray
Salt and pepper to taste
Take your sheets of pasty from the freezer and leave out somewhere flat to thaw.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
Cook veg to packet directions (if using frozen), I normally just steam them in the microwave to make it faster and set aside
Grab a small pot and put butter and flour into the pot on a low heat to melt.
Once butter is melted story the flour and butter to combine for about a minute, this cooks off the flour a little too
Slowly mix or whisk in the milk until it becomes a thick sauce
Stir in vegetables, cheese and salt and pepper (add as much salt and pepper to suit your taste remembering this gives you added flavour. Make sure you taste and add if needed. Always easy to add but hard to disguise if you’ve put too much.
Set mix aside and now to the work on the pastry
Grab once sheet of pastry and cut into 4 equal squares
Place a small tablespoon of cheese and vegetable filling in the centre of one of the squares and fold over in half
Unsung a fork, press around the open edges to seal closed and place triangle onto a baking tray lined with baking paper
Repeat until you have used all pastry and filling.
Spray triangles with oil spray and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Bake in oven 180 degrees until golden and crispy
Caution filling will be hot so let them cool before serving to children