My favorite thing about Fall besides the beauitful colors of the leaves falling is to start cooking more savory foods for the festive winter ahead. It just seems more natural to cook hearty nibbles when we can wrap up in layers and not when we are working towards that bikini body for summer. My Cheesy Bacon Twists are great for the festive season with all those drop in visitors and family coming for Christmas time. What about all those parties that need great finger nibbles and all those guests visiting would love to be greeted with these and a hot cuppa or even a brandy – tis the season!
They are super simple to make, if I can do it so can you. What I love most about these is you can actually make them all up on a tray and put them in the freezer to bake at a later date. After they are frozen just remove from your tray and put them in a freezer lock bag. Nothing better than getting that phone call someone is coming over for a drop in visit and popping a dozen of these in the oven straight from the freezer. Cooking time will need to be extended slightly as they are frozen. You will be filling your house full of rosemary and brown sugar aromas and not having to do any prep work. Win for you-win for your guests.
- 3 sheets fresh, puff pastry
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup mixed finely grated cheeses of your choice
- 8 pieces streaky bacon (American bacon)
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup soft, brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
- Use a deep pan, lined with foil, and a wire rack insert on top
- Grease wire rack well with cooking spray
- In a pie dish, mix brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper -set aside
- On a cutting board, place your three puff pastry sheets down. I bought pre-made fresh puff pastry that came in little 5x6ish squares.
- Beat your egg in a little saucer and with a brush, coat the top of your three puff pastry sheets
- Sprinkle your grated cheese of choice, on top and lightly press your cheese into the puff pastry with your hand. (not too hard, just enough to stick)
- Using a pizza cutter, cut 1/2 inch strips
- Cut your streaky bacon down the middle with scissors
- Lay one strip of bacon on top of one strip of your cheesy puff pastry, twist gently
- Roll your twist in your brown sugar coating, make sure it's completely covered
- Set on top of wire rack inside your pan
- Repeat until all twists are coated
- Bake for 20-30 minutes (oven times vary, make sure it doesn't burn)
The kids love these too, so it’s really a hit with the whole family. Even though Mr P isn’t a fan of cheese he really liked these. I used a mixture of grated pizza cheeses but you can use whatever cheese you like. If you prefer a more peppery taste, use peppered bacon instead of regular or even smoked for a stronger adult suitable taste. These are great for buffets, party hors d’oeuvres or just an afternoon snack on the weekend.