Recipe: Blue Cheese & Bacon Twists

I'm not going to lie, I feel pretty duplicitous calling this a recipe... 

I would say that what lies below is more of a loose set of guidelines to combine three very tasty things - pastry, bacon and cheese.

Lets say you get invited to a party last minute - you know the kind where there is an expectation to bring food, homemade food.

Inevitably, there will be some kind of unspoken competition regarding who has made the best quinoa-kale-tabbouleh-harissa cake (N.B. I love and use all of those things, though maybe not combined in a cake...)

I'm all for low stress when it comes to cooking for others, which I why I always stick to simple and fuss free recipes that most people will enjoy.

The thing is, making something tasty isn't hard when you have good quality ingredients to start with! Barring total disaster - Blue cheese and bacon twists fall exactly into this remit. You're simply adding a few good things into another good thing, then twisting!

A few weeks ago, this recipe really came to my rescue when I was invited to a friends party and had literally no time to make anything. I actually ended up making them half an hour before I was due to leave for said party!

I can also confirm that is is an easy recipe to make whilst 2 (ok maybe 3) glasses into a bottle of red!

Any type of hard/ish cheese can be used here, especially as you and sandwiching it firmly into the pastry, which means it can't escape!

I actually had a small block of Yorkshire made

Shepherd's Purse Yorkshire Blue

in the fridge, which worked perfectly all crumbled up!

Blue cheese and bacon twists recipe
Blue cheese and bacon twists recipe

All you need is:

A 500g pack of puff pastry

Approximately 1 pack of streaky bacon, preferably from high welfare sources (6-8 rashers, this can also be omitted for a veggie cheese twist!)

100g Blue Cheese, chopped up into small chunks.

A little plain flour for dusting

1 free range egg to glaze (can be omitted)

The "method" couldn't be simpler!

1. Roll out your pastry into a rectangle approximately 1/2cm thick. This should be easy as it is already a square block!

2. Cover this rectangle of pastry evenly with the blue cheese, just sprinkle it on right over, don't be worried about getting a perfectly even coverage.

Blue cheese and bacon twists recipe
Blue cheese and bacon twists recipe

3. Fold the pastry in half, trapping the blue cheese in the centre, then roll it out again to another rectangle 1/2 cm thick.

4. With the long side facing you, lay out strips of bacon across horizontally, covering the entire surface.

Blue cheese and bacon twists recipe
Blue cheese and bacon twists recipe

5. Cut the pastry into strips between each bacon slice, as seen above. If you want shorter, "party size," twists, cut them in half again horizontally.

6. Pull each strip off and twist until each one is tightly curled.

7. Place the twists onto baking sheets lined with greaseproof paper (you may need 2 or even 3 trays!.)

Blue cheese and bacon twists
Blue cheese and bacon twists

8. Glaze with the beaten egg and bake in a 200C oven for 20/25 minutes, until the twists are golden brown.

Blue cheese and bacon twists
Blue cheese and bacon twists

Once out of the oven, the only thing left to do is resist the urge to eat them all before you get to the party....

Oh and they will also handily keep for 3-4 days in a sealed container in the fridge!

I hope you enjoy! Do let me know if you try them at home, especially after wine ;)

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