Savoury Danish Pastries with Bacon & Blue Cheese
What's the big idea?
I thought this twist on the traditional Danish pastry would make an unusual starter. They did. Trouble was, they were so tasty that nobody was interested in a main course - they just wanted more of these!
In the end I decided that maybe the best thing to do is to make some for the start of the match, then another batch for half-time, and then serve the "main meal" after the final whistle.
They're also great to take with you if you're going to watch a game.
Makes 8 pastries
Here's the list of what you need:
What To Do
- 1 tablespoon (Danish) butter
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
- 12oz diced (yes, Danish!) back bacon
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon English (what, not Danish?!) mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 4oz crumbled Danish blue cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons sour cream
- 12oz puff pastry (the ready made frozen stuff is fine!)
- 1 egg, beaten
- Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6
- Meanwhile, heat a the butter in a frying pan. Fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until golden
- Add the bacon and fry, stirring occasionally, until cooked
- Add the paprika, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper to the pan
- After a couple of minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes
- Mix in the Danish blue cheese and sour cream
- Roll out the puff pastry and cut into eight squares
- Divide the bacon & cheese mixture equally between the pastry squares
- Fold two diagonally opposite corners of each pastry square into the middle, to cover most of the cheese mixture
- Glaze with a little beaten egg
- Grease and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Place the pastries on this and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown
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