Introduction: Bacon Cheddar Bites
These savory bite-sized snacks are a sure crowd pleaser during holiday parties and football games. Easy to make, they bake up crispy and delicious.
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 8 rashers bacon, cooked
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
- 2 tbsp Ba-Tampte or Dijon mustard
- 1 egg, beaten
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*The better and sharper the knife, the easier it is to cut the bites thin
Step 1: Divide
Divide a sheet of puff pastry in half. Lay the half sheets out side by side with the long edge facing you.
Step 2: Top
Cover the puff pastry with mustard, leaving a long edge plain for at least an inch. Top mustard with bacon, then cheese, then sprinkle seasonings on top.
Step 3: Seal
Brush the plain edge with the beaten egg and starting with the edge opposite the egg, roll up into a cylinder. Place the rolls in a refrigerator for 30 minutes to one day. If they refrigerate for a least a few hours, they will be much easier to cut thin.
Step 4: Slice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using a very sharp knife, slice the rolls into rounds between a quarter and a half inch thick. Don't worry if they squish a little, they will round out a little when they bake. You should get between 40 and 50 rounds total.
Step 5: Bake
Arrange the rounds on a Silpat-covered baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, or until just starting to brown. I like to serve mine with a selection of hot sauces.
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