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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Cheddar and Bacon Coins

We do a fair amount of entertaining so I like to have good repertoire of tried and true recipes to use.  I have found that doing a test batch of any appetizer I might want to use later.  This gives me time to work out any problems and do any necessary tweaking before serving the final version to our guests.  A couple of night's ago I decided to start tweaking a appetizer for entertaining.

cheddar and bacon coin appetizer
Puff pastry is an ideal dough for making appetizers because there is just so much you can do with it.  Puff pastry is one of the few pastries I buy in the frozen food section of the grocery store.  In all honesty buying puff pastry and phyllo dough ends up being more frugal than homemade.  I got the idea of the cheddar and bacon coins from the inside of the puff pastry box but immediately started tweaking from there.

The filling I used was on the savory side much like the original recipe called for.  The end result was quite tasty but a bit too large and heavy for a good entertaining appetizer although there is still a lot of room for tweaking.  As a snack this appetizer is just the prefect size.  I think adding chopped green onions would be nice so will try that the next time.

Method:  Thaw and unroll 1 sheet of puff pastry.  Sprinkle with bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese.  Roll up jelly roll fashion.  Place in freezer for 15 minutes.   Remove from freezer and cut into half inch pieces.  Bake at 190ºC (375ºF) until golden brown. 

6 food lovers commented:

A Year on the Grill said...

I am going to start tweeking this as well... Not really a chedar fan, but sure see the possibilities

Garden Gnome said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

The Frugal Housewife said...

Looks good!!! I'm going to have to try making these!!! I'll post a picture of how mine turn out and how I tweak it! Thanks for the idea!

Garden Gnome said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your version, Frugal Housewife. This really has so much potential :)

Joanna said...

This looks good I will try it!

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Joanna :) Please let me know how you like them.