Making vol au vents can be a bit tiring considering the amount of time they take to prepare. So if you don’t enjoy spending huge amounts of time in the kitchen then you can always resort to making vol au vents in excess, then refrigerating the leftovers so that you can eat them at a later stage. In order to do this you need to be well vexed with how to reheat vol au vents the right way so that you do not compromising their texture and flavour. Below is a step by step guide which will help you on how you can reheat vol au vents at home.
- 1 What is a vol au vent?
- 2 Reheat vol au vents in the oven
- 3 Reheat vol au vents in the microwave
- 4 How to store vol au vents
- 5 How to thaw vol au vents
- 6 Conclusion
NB: it is advisable to reheat vol au vents that do not have filling in them. So store vol au vents and their filling separately if you plan on reheating them.
What is a vol au vent?
A vol au vent is a small hallow case of puff pastry that is made by cutting 2 circles in rolled out puff pastry and putting a hole in one of them, then stacking the ring-shaped piece on top of the disc-shaped piece. Vol au vent is usually filled with savoury ingredients but you can always add a sweet filling inside.
Reheat vol au vents in the oven
NB: this is the most recommended way of reheating vol au vents. This is because the oven regulates a decent amount of heat which helps to retain the flavour and texture of the vol au vents.
When using the oven to reheat leftover vol au vents the first thing is to preheat the oven to 250F.
While the oven is heating up, take the vol au vents out of the fridge and place them on an oven safe baking tray. Cover the baking tray with tin foil, this will help to trap heat inside and ensure that the vol au vents reheat evenly.
Place the vol au vents in the oven and let them reheat for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes time mark, remove them from the oven and wait a few minutes before removing the foil paper. This is because the foil will still be hot so it needs time to cool down or else it will burn your fingers.
Once the foil has cooled down, remove the vol au vents and use as desired.
NB: if you do not have an oven you can always resort to using a toaster oven. It works as a perfect substitute for an oven.
Reheat vol au vents in the microwave
NB: this is the fastest method for reheating vol au vents however, it tends to sacrifice the texture of the vol au vents. So only resort to this method if you are in a hurry.
In order to reheat vol au vents in the microwave the first thing that you need to do is to take the vol au vents out of the fridge and cover them with damp paper towels. This will help to ensure that the microwave does not draw a lot of moisture from the vol au vents.
Place the vol au vents on microwave safe plate and reheat them for 20 seconds on high heat. After 20 seconds, remove them from the microwave and check their temperature. If they are not yet warm to your liking, them place them back and microwave for another 20 seconds.
When the vol au vents are ready, take them out of the microwave and use as desired.
How to store vol au vents
Vol au vents can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer. Here is an in-depth explanation of how you can do this.
Store vol au vents in the fridge
NB: this method stores vol au vents for a short period of time.
When storing vol au vents in the fridge the first step is to let the vol au vents cool down to room temperature. This is essential because if you store them will hot, they will release a lot of steam which will cause them to turn soggy. Once the vol au vents have cooled down, take an airtight container and place the vol au vents inside. Place the container in the fridge and use the vol au vents within 4 to 5 days, but if your vol au vents contain a filling then you need to use them within 24 hours.
Store vol au vents in the freezer
NB: this method stores vol au vents for a longer period of time as compared to the fridge option.
In order to store leftover vol au vents in the freezer the first thing that you need to do is to let them cool down at room temperature. This is mainly because if you place them in the freezer while hot, they will alter the temperature of the freezer. This will then affect the shelf life of other foods in the freezer. When the vol au vents have cooled down, place them in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. Use them within 1 or 2 months.
How to thaw vol au vents
Vol au vents can be thawed in the fridge or at room temperature. When thawing vol au vents in the fridge make sure that you take them out of the freezer and place them inside a plate. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and let them thaw overnight. This method takes a longer period of time to thaw the vol au vents, so if you don’t have a lot of time to spare you can always resort to thawing leftover vol au vents at room temperature. In order to do this simply take the vol au vents from the freezer and place them on the countertop. They will take about 40 minutes to thaw.
Vol au vents can be reheated using 2 different methods however, always choose a method that works well for you.