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Melt-in-your-mouth Cheddar and Bacon in Puff Pastry Appetizers

    cheddar and bacon in puff pastry

    Light as air puff pastry filled with the flavors of aged cheddar cheese, dijon & bacon. Very easy to make. Can make ahead and heat.

    Cheddar and Bacon in Puff Pastry

    These tasty morsels will be a hit at your cocktail party or as an appetizer on your buffet.

    cheddar and bacon in puff pastry

    Kerrygold aged cheddar with Dijon mustard gives this appetizer a wonderful kick. Add the texture of the puff pastry, and you have an amazing appetizer.

    Cheddar and Bacon in Puff Pastry

    Course: AppetizersCuisine: Irish


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    • 2 Tbsp flour

    • 12×12 sheet puff pastry, defrosted

    • 6 oz sliced bacon, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces

    • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard

    • 7 oz Kerrygold Aged Cheddar cheese


    • Heat oven to 375°F.
    • On a floured work surface cut the puff pastry into 24 scalloped or straight-edged 2-inch rounds. (Or use a scalloped 2-inch tartlet pan as a cutter.)
    • Combine the egg yolk with 2 teaspoons water and brush a little of the mixture across the top of each piece. Bake according to package instructions.
    • While puff pastry is baking, cook bacon. In a frying pan large enough to hold the bacon in a single layer, cook bacon until lightly browned and not too crispy. Transfer to paper towels.
    • Assemble the appetizers. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut the puff pastry in half like a hamburger bun.
    • Spread 1/2 teaspoon mustard on the bottom of each piece. Place a piece of bacon on the mustard.
    • Cut 12 slices of cheese just less than 1/4-inch thick and cut the cheese slices in half; place a piece on the bacon. Top with the other half of puff pastry.
    • Just before serving, arrange the puff pastry on a cookie sheet and warm in a 275°F oven until the cheese just starts to wilt, 5 to 7 minutes.


    • This appetizer can be made ahead and kept in fridge until serving. Warm as instructed.
    • Variation: Instead of bacon and mustard, spread puff pastry with fruit chutney.
    • We provide nutritional information but these figures should be considered estimates as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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