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charcuterie in puff pastry

Friand farci au chèvre

Sold in snack bars or in the charcuterie section of the supermarket, ready to take home and heat up in the oven, a friand is a rectangular or cylindrical puff pastry filled with either sausage meat (chair à saucisse), pâté seasoned ground meat (viande hachée), ham and cheese, or cheese and mushroom etc.

At home or in restaurants friands can be an entrée; mini ones can be very more-ish amuse-bouches.

A French sausage roll, however is a saucisson brioché.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Marianne Casamance