VOLAUVENT (vawl-oh-VAHN) Meaning "flying in the wind" because the pastry is light & airy
Credited to the French, volauvent is a puff pastry shell that looks like a pot with a lid. (On occasions I have seen them being referred to with out a lid). But it is a bowl of puffed pastry that is cooked then filled with sauced based fillings such as creamed chicken or thick beef or fish stew. Then the 'lid' is placed back on top and served. Most often served as a main course, it is sometimes small and served as an appetizer.