Looking for a recipe to use leftover ham? Try this quick and easy Ham and Asparagus Vol au Vent, with ham and asparagus in a cream and grainy mustard sauce.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I thought I'd share a quick and easy dish to use up some left-over ham, in case you're dealing with that situation.
Vol au Vent shells are a bit retro I guess, but they're still a delicious and a simple way to dress up dinner. I love that they can be cooked from frozen, because I'm terrible at remembering to take frozen things out ahead of time. While they bake in the oven, all you need to do is a quick saute of some fresh asparagus and diced cooked ham. To finish, add some heavy cream and grainy mustard and let the sauce reduce. And voila! Dinner in a flash and a lot of that leftover ham dealt with.
Cook's Notes for Ham and Asparagus Vol au Vent
If you'd rather use a lighter cream you certainly can. Simple mix a little cornstarch in with it to thicken it up a bit. I've mentioned before that I like Maille's A L'ancienne Grainy Mustard which is fairly mild-ish. If you're grainy mustard is a bit more potent, you may wish to use less. Probably best to add a little, then taste and add more as necessary.
Ham and Asparagus Vol au Vent
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups left-over cooked ham (diced)
- 12 spears asparagus
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (or lighter cream mixed with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch)
- 1 Tbsp. grainy mustard (start with 1/2 and add to taste)
- 6 frozen vol au vent shells (baked)
- Bake vol au vent shells according to package instructions.
- While the shells are baking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cut asparagus tips off, about 3-inches from the tip. Cut the remaining stalk (less the woody end), into pieces about 1/2-inch wide. Add all the asparagus to the pan and saute until tender crisp. Add cooked hame and saute for another minute or so.
- Add cream and mustard (add 1/2 Tbsp. mustard to start and then more, to taste) and reduce heat to medium. Allow cream to simmer until reduced by half.
- To serve, spoon filling into baked shells. Spoon sauce over top and top with a couple of the asparagus tips.