Appetizer

Bacon Asparagus Pastry Twists

Bacon Asparagus Pastry Twists

Posted by Anthony on June 30, 2017 in Appetizer


Serves: 4

Time: 30-40 mins

Difficulty: Medium

A few nights ago, I was in the mood for some new recipes, especially since my family and I were hosting guests. After a bit of searching, I stumbled upon an article for making a Three Course Tuscan Dinner and decided to try my hand at the appetizer and main course. Since I’m not a huge fan of bacon, I did a few of these without bacon, just with the pastry wrap, which I think was equally delicious. If you’re looking for a fresh recipe to try with some asparagus, I highly recommend this one. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients

  1. 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  2. 6-8 slices bacon, halved lengthwise
  3. 12-16 asparagus spears
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Slice the pastry sheet into 1/4″ to 1/2″ strips.
  3. Wrap a strip of bacon around each asparagus spear in a spiral.
  4. Wrap a strip of puff pastry around each asparagus spear, looping between the bacon spiral.
  5. Place wrapped asparagus on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush each with the egg wash, then season lightly with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and puffed.

Notes

One thing to note is that the pastry might be a bit dry, so don’t be afraid to serve the dish topped with (or a side of) some herbed cream cheese or something of the sort, just to give some extra moisture. Also, depending on how you like your bacon, you can par-cook it before wrapping it around the asparagus, as just baking the raw bacon might result in it being too undercooked for some people. Other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward recipe that’s sure to please your palate.

Bon Appétit!

 

Lasagna Bruschetta

Lasagna Bruschetta

Posted by Anthony on January 20, 2015 in Appetizer


Serves: 4

Time: 20 min

Difficulty: Easy

I’ve mentioned before that my wife and I have become big fans of trying new types of “bruschetta” for our meals. Last night we decided to pair an entrée salad with some Lasagna Bruschetta — a concoction I devised a few months ago to use up some leftover pasta fixings. The thing I absolutely love about Lasagna Bruschetta is that it’s super-flexible. You can use a different types of cheese, fillings, and bread based on what you have on hand and/or your own personal taste. The recipe here uses low-fat cottage cheese and veggies for a healthy, vegetarian-friendly dish.

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Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Roasted Tomatoes

Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Roasted Tomatoes

Posted by Anthony on January 6, 2015 in Appetizer


Serves: 3

Time: 30 min (active); 30 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

After kicking off my 50 in 15 Challenge by making Beef Wellington, I had some additional beef tenderloin that I needed to use, so I decided to concoct a tasty appetizer with some of it. And since my wife and I have become big fans of trying new types “bruschetta” for appetizers for our meals, I created a new variation using beef tenderloin, goat cheese, arugula, and roasted tomatoes.

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