Hot Pizza pocket with spring veg and feta;


Hot pockets are a classic american fast food, where roasted veg is encased in a rich tomato sauce, feta and pastry, its like an american version of a cornish pasty. This is our take on a slightly healthier vegan version with spring veg and creamy feta & basil.

Takes

Serves 4

Ingredients
 

  • 150 g spring veg – 50g frozen peas 100g asparagus
  • 175 g courgette
  • 50 g vegan feta
  • 1 red onion 75g
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Small bunch of basil 8g
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp Pesto of choice
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry 320g
  • 2 tbsp oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200C fan.
  • Chop the courgette into small bite size cubes. Chop the red onion into slices. Chop the asparagus into thirds. Add them to a lined baking tray, toss in 1 tbsp of oil, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and mix well. Bake them in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until nicely roasted.
  • Chop the feta into cubes. Cut the puff pastry/shortcrust sheet into quarters so you have 4 rectangles. Cover the frozen peas with boiling water for 10 mins then drain and set aside.
  • Using a rolling pin or a clean dry glass jar, roll each rectangle so that its size increases by approx 2 cm each side.
  • Remove the roasted veg from the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 180 C Fan, mix well and leave it aside to cool before adding to the pastry.
  • Drain the peas, chop the basil and mix them both through the cooked veg.
  • Mix together the pesto and the tomato puree and cover each of pastry pieces, approx 1 Tbsp of the mixture, leaving 1 cm from the edge free from sauce.
  • Spoon approx ¼ of the spring veg mixture into the middle of each of the 4 quarters of the pastry. Add a quarter of the vegan feta to each.
  • Fold and seal into a hot pocket/parcel shape and turn over so seam side down- like mini wellingtons, taking care not to tear the pastry. Transfer carefully to a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush each parcel with oat milk for short crust pastry or oil for puff pastry, this will simply help them brown.
  • Bake in the oven for 20- 25 minutes until the parcels are an even golden colour. Enjoy!

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