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!
Pre-Make Cheesy Bacon Pastry Twists And Freeze For Later
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.
Cheesy Bacon Twists
For the Twists
- 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
For the Sugar Coating
- 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)
Perfect Snacks For Kids And Grown Ups
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.
More Party Food Ideas
If you’re having a party – whether it’s just for the family or with friends – then you need some great snacks. Of course you should make the cheesy bacon twists, but I have lots of other recipes for you to try.
Ham and cheese nibbles are always a big hit in this house, for both kids and adults. You can tweak the recipe to make them exactly how you like. Baba Ganoush with lots of vegetable sticks, crisps and flatbreads for dipping alongside Samphire Broccoli Galettes for the grown ups.
Simple Buffet Desserts
Crunchie chocolate meringue nests make the perfect individual desserts for a buffet. Team it with some simple cake options like pumpkin brownies, fruit puff pastry tarts and lemon meringue cupcakes. A Cadbury Crunchie Cake With A Twirl make a fab centre piece if you want something with a bit of a wow factor on your dessert table. A plate of homemade fudge on the side for when you’re having coffees always goes down well too.
I love to make a party feel a little fancier with some easy homemade cocktails. None of the drinks I make take long to put together, so I’m not wasting time fixing drinks when I could be hanging out and enjoying time with my guests. At this time of year the chocolate pumpkin spice martini really gets everyone in the festive mood, and I love a glass of my fizzy lemon cocktail. In the summer I often serve up my gin lemonade and basil cocktail, or a rhubarb gin with summer fruits.
Charlotte oates says
Those look yummy, perfect for a festive family party. I suspect my boys would also enjoy these for a lunchtime treat instead of sandwiches.
Yes they are so easy and simple to make and you can prepare ahead of time and put them in the freezer so you can throw a handful in the oven when you need. Definitely perfect for a festive family party.
These look very yummy and sound very easy to make – am going to have to give them a try! 🙂
Yes do and let me know what you think. So easy and quick to whip up a batch or even freeze half for a later day!
Rebecca U says
This is right up my street – pinning for later. Yum!
Thanks Rebecca. Not sure I have had anyone ever say they are pinning my recipe so that’s just made my whole night. Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by and commenting too. 🙂
These look incredible. So tasty but so simple – those are the type of recipes I love.
Thanks Corina. Me too. I want it family friendly, fast and easy. I am no chef! lol
Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching says
Well I know what I’m making this weekend. These look amazing and I’m already thinking of Christmas and different canapés I can make. Really loved this Jen. xx
Oh glad you like it and hope you like it even more when you taste it. I put it on Pinterest if you want to repin for future use. Let me know what you think!
Morgana @ butwhymummywhy says
Oh my! These look so yummy! Can’t get over how simple they are to make, they look really fancy. Will defo have to give these a try x
Thanks hunny. The kids absolutely loved them. Oh yes all my recipes are super simple and fast as I am no chef. Lol
These look delicious. A great snack for the afternoon
Thanks Alison. Yes the kids absolutely love them. Make a batch up for the freezer and you can have them ready to pop in the oven when the kids get home from school or on the weekend with friends coming round.
Sophie at Franglaise Cooking says
Oh wow, those just look to die for, please bring some over to me now! I love cheese twists, but cheese & bacon twists? Even better 🙂 Pinning now as I’m making this soon!
Thanks Sophie. Yes please do I have them on my pinterest board too they are so easy to make and you can always freeze a batch for later baking.
Honest mum says
Utterly stunning. Jenni do you realise what a competent, skilled, stunning cook and photographer you are-I love that you are constantly improving your work and you are brilliant! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays
Oh wow Vicky that really just made my whole week hearing that. I really want to be a food photographer someday so that is great to hear. Lots more to learn and practice though.
Mummy Whiskers says
These look great, I’ll have to make some for G’s lunchbox #recipeoftheweek
They are a huge hit in this house. Thanks hunny.
Julie's Family Kitchen says
These look like perfect party food to nibble on. I think my kids would love them.
Russ Ripatti says
I think I just fell in LOVE! BACON TWIST YUMMY! !!
They are great and so easy to make you could make these too! Promise. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Stacey Guilliatt (Nobody Said It Was Easy) says
Oh my, they look amazing! Must make some! #tastytuesdays
Thank you. They are a huge hit in this house. Let me know what you think. I have them on pinterest if you want to pin them for the future. 🙂