|Place of origin||France|
|Region or state||Paris|
|Created by||Antonin Carême|
|Main ingredients||Puff pastry|
A vol-au-vent is typically made by cutting two circles in rolled out puff pastry, cutting a hole in one of them, then stacking the ring-shaped piece on top of the disc-shaped piece. The pastry is cooked, then filled with any of a variety of savory or sweet fillings.
The pastry is sometimes credited to Antonin Carême. However, an entremet called petits gâteaux vole au vent is mentioned in François Marin's 1739 cookbook Les Dons de Comus, years before Carême's birth.
In Belgium, it is a common main dish that can be found on the menus of most restaurants, and is nearly always filled with a combination of chicken, mushrooms, and small meatballs, served with either mashed potatoes or fries. This Belgian variation is also available in some places in the Netherlands, where it is called pasteitje ("little pastry"). In American cuisine, chicken à la King was formerly a popular filling.
- Vine, Frederick T. (1900). Savoury Pastry: Savoury Dish and Raised Pies, Pork Pies, Patties, Vol-au-vents, Mincemeats and Pies, and Miscellaneous Savoury Pastries. London: Office of the "Baker and Confectioner". Savoury Pastry at Google Books.
- "Vol-au-vent". CooksInfo.com. 27 June 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- Kelly, Ian (2005) . Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Carême, the First Celebrity Chef. New York: Walker. ISBN 0-8027-7731-7. Cooking for Kings: at Google Books.
- Marin, François (1739). Les Dons de Comus ou les Délices de la Table (in French). Paris: Chez Prault, Fils. pp. 222 and 235. Les Dons de Comus, ou les Délices de la table... (publ. par Fr. Marin), (préf. par les PP. Pierre Brumoy et G. H. Bougeant), p. 222, at Google Books.