Holy moly. I love fall television. I just caught up on Homeland and Dexter and my mind is BLOWN. I’ve also been laughing (a lot) at New Girl and The Mindy Project and I can’t forget some of my old favorites like 30 Rock and Parks and Rec. I actually enjoy television shows way more than movies. I think it’s because you can become addicted to a show, especially if you’re starting a few seasons behind and can watch all the episodes whenever you have time on Netflix. When I say addicted, I am not joking around. When I discovered 24 and Lost on Netflix it was a complete obsession. I think it would be really fun to work on a television show where the characters and stories visit people’s homes weekly. Despite my love for television, I don’t particularly enjoy watching sports. However, for those of you who do, these pastry bites are a perfect game day appetizer.
Taste: Slightly spicy, tangy, smokey, salty, and all together wonderful.
Texture: Puff pastry plus cheese with bits of bacon? Is there anything better!?
Ease: I think the longest part of this recipe is dividing the filling between the pastry cups. Overall easy and the pastries can be made ahead of time and they even reheat well.
Appearance: I think these taste a lot better than they look (they’re not exactly beautiful).
Pros: Absolutely scrumptious and they can be made ahead of time. Perfect for a game day appetizer.
Would I make this again? Yes!
Jalapeño Popper Pastry Bites
Yield: 24 bites
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
1 green onion, sliced
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut the sheet of puff pastry into 24 2-inch squares, spreading the pastry out with a rolling pin to increase surface area if necessary. Press the pastry squares into the muffin cups. Place muffin tin in the refrigerator until ready to use.
In a large bowl combine the jalapeño, green onion, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, paprika, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide heaping teaspoons of the filling into pastry cups. Pastry bites can be assembled a few hours ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.
Recipe by Handle the Heat