Bouchées à la reine

The bouchée was created for Marie Leszinska, gourmet queen of Louis XV.

  • Prepare a pâte feuilletée, made with 6 turns, and a beaten egg to glaze.
  • Cut out 16 circles 3 inches in diameter and brush lightly with the beaten egg.
  • With the back of a small knife, mark the circles with a lattice pattern and cut the center neatly from 8 of them with 1 ¼ inch cutter.
  • Place the whole circle on a baking sheet, put a circle with the center removed on each one and press down firmly.
  • Place in refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, then carefully remove the round of pastry that rises through the center and keep this for a lid.
  • Scoop out any soft pastry inside.
  • Reduce the temperature to 375°F and return the bouchées to the oven for 5-7 minutes to dry out.

Filling

1 cup of cooked chicken
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of flour
1 1/4 cups of chicken stock, boiled
1/2 cup of mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tsp of lemon juice
salt and pepper

Melt half the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the hot stock a little at a time.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes
  • Heat the remaining butter in a frying pan and add the mushrooms. Cook until tender and dry.
  • Add the mushrooms and chicken to the sauce, reheat, taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Fill the bouchées with the chicken/mushrooms mixture, replace the lids and serve hot.