Puff pastry, covered in cheese and your choice of toppings, wrapped in bacon twists, baked until crispy and amazing.
This recipe all started with a bacon calendar.
If you just re-read those words, you are correct. I just said bacon calendar. It was a gift from my mom – hi mom! – and I don’t remember where she got it, but it showed up at my house in the mail one day. She knows me very well.
This bacon calendar features, obviously, pictures of bacon BUT also bacon trivia and bacon recipes! I realize this is sounding more and more absurd. What can I say, Americans are obsessed with bacon. We want to stare at it on a monthly – nay – daily basis. This bacon calendar is basically a bacon-eating-reminder. Not that I need one.
I’m starting to feel like Jim Gaffigan.
Anyhoo, one of these recipes was for “bacon twists,” which involved seasoning strips of bacon, twisting them, and baking them until crispy. On a relatively lazy day, this sounded like the perfect recipe to tackle. Plus, it’s socially acceptable to eat bacon as a snack when it’s seasoned and twisted, right? It’s the seasoning and twisting that’s key, right?
However, I wondered to myself how this recipe would actually turn out. Would the bacon stay twisted? Would it cook through? I turned to the internet to see if anyone who had done this before. The answer, if you’re curious, is lots of people. BUT what’s most important is that I also stumbled across this recipe for cheesy bacon-wrapped puff pastry twists from Half Baked Harvest
I mean. Yes. Why stop at bacon when you can add cheese and carbs?
- One sheet of puff pastry dough, defrosted
- Three tablespoons any flavor jam or preserves, or one beaten egg white
- ½ cup finely grated cheese of your choice
- Toppings of your choice, such as: 1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs, like rosemary, basil, thyme, or sage….1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno…2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion…2 tablespoons minced garlic…freshly ground pepper…anything else you like!
- 12 slices of bacon
- ½ cup brown sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut puff pastry into 12 long strips.
- Brush strips with jam or egg. Sprinkle with cheese and other toppings.
- Gently press the cheese and toppings into the dough. You can use a rolling pin or your hands.
- Fold each strip in half over the cheese and pinch ends together. Twist gently and set aside.
You can find complete recipes of this Cheesy Bacon Twists with Puff Pastry in readytoyumble.com