My daughter graduates from High School in 2 very short months…gulp! To celebrate her high school achievements and to send her off to college on a high note we are hosting a brunch party the day after her graduation. She is inviting all her close friends, as well as some of our family friends and our family. The total expected at our party is approximately 100. We want to make the party memorable, but it also has to be manageable. To that end, we’ve been putting together a list of brunch-type finger foods that we are excited to serve our guests and we thought it a prudent idea to try some recipe ideas out now so that we know what works and what doesn’t. We came up with these Bacon Twizzlers over the weekend. They definitely made the list of food we’ll be serving at the party.
Partially cooking the bacon before you make the twist helps get it fully cooked in the twist without overcooking the pastry. I’m a complete sucker for maple bacon and sugared bacon, so I was eager to generously coat the twists in brown sugar prior to sticking them in the oven. No doubt in my mind, the brown sugar makes them just that much better. My daughter, a little more of a purist, liked hers without the added sugar. You could go either way and even experiment with some of your own toppings.
A twist of puff pastry and bacon, with optional brown sugar
- One package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
- 12 slices of thin bacon
- Dark brown sugar or maple sugar, optional
- Preheat oven to 400' F
- Remove one pack of puff pastry from the box and let sit at room temperature for 30-40 minutes. Keep the other pack of puff pastry in the fridge.
- Slice your bacon lengthwise in half, you will end up with 24 slices
- Place 12 slices of bacon on foil lined, rimmed baking sheet
- Bake for 7 minutes to pre-cook bacon.
- While bacon is cooking, slice the puff pastry into 1/2 inch slices. The puff pastry is roughly rectangular, make your slices so that they are from the shorter side, and thus shorter than the longer side. You should get 12 pieces.
- Once bacon is cooked, wait just until it is cool enough to handle. Don't let it cool too long as it becomes less pliable.
- Leave oven on at 400'F
- Put one piece of pre-cooked bacon on top of one slice of puff pastry and twist to your desired 'twisted-ness'.
- Repeat for all bacon and puff pastry slices.
- Generously sprinkle brown sugar or maple sugar over your twists and place back in oven for an additional 20 minutes or until brown.
- Remove from foil immediately as the melted sugar will harden and make them difficult to remove when cool.
- Repeat with remaining pastry and bacon slices
If you like this recipe for bacon twizzlers, I bet you will also like this recipe for Maple Bacon Muffins with a Brown Sugar Bacon Streusel…yum!
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