Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bacon, Onion and Mushroom Puffed Pastry

Making a very easy appetizer using that great ingredient puffed pastry.  This would go nice with a cup of French onion soup or as something to take to a party or serve as an appetizer.  It is beautiful and simple.

1 (8-oz.) package whipped cream cheese
1 (8-oz.) can mushrooms
1/4 cup caramelized onions
6 slices of bacon
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1 package of thawed puff pastry sheets

Bake or use pre-cooked bacon.  Chop into ½ inch small pieces.

Drain your mushrooms and chop. Save the liquid from the mushrooms and set aside.  Add your mushrooms and bacon to the cream cheese and mix well.  Add your caramelized onions*, and parmesan cheese.  Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Whisk together egg and 1 tbs. water in a small bowl. Roll 1 puff pastry sheet into a 16 x 10 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut pastry in half lengthwise. Spread 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture down center of each rectangle; brush edges with egg mixture. Fold each pastry half lengthwise over filling and pinch edges to seal. Cut pastries into 10 pieces each, and place on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Repeat procedure with remaining puff pastry sheet, egg mixture, and cream cheese mixture.

Brush remaining egg mixture over tops of pastry pieces; sprinkle with a little pepper.

Bake at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned. Serve immediately.

*Caramelizing Onions 
Add tablespoon of butter to a cast iron skillet and let it melt. Add the thinly sliced onions, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the onions are wilted and just starting to turn brown. Turn the heat down to low and stir frequently to prevent burning (about 30 minutes). If they are getting too sticky and you need to brown them longer, add just a bit of the liquid from the mushrooms.  Cook until all the liquid is gone and the onions are sweet and caramelized.  

Variation – If you want to add more flavor brush the top with garlic powder and butter instead of the egg mixture.  You may also add garlic powder or hot sauce or both to the cream cheese mixture.  

Hope you have a great day.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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