For our cocktail night, we needed something that was good to snack on after a few drinks. You can’t go wrong with something pastry based. After looking for inspiration on Pinterest we found some asparagus wrapped in pastry. This is where I got the idea from! They are very simple to make, Meg had a go at making her own rough puff pastry, but if you’re a bit tight on time, this would be perfect to use shop brought. The recipe Meg followed for pastry was the rough puff pastry on the BBC Good Food website.
Ingredients (to make roughly 20):
For the pastry:
- 250g strong plain flour
- 1 tsp of salt
- 250g butter (cubed)
- aprox. 150ml cold water
For the twists:
- 10 rashers of bacon
- 150g of any cheese (grated)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- First of all make the pastry. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, add the butter and rub into the flour (there will be big butter chunks but this adds to the flavour) and add 100g of the cheese.
- Add the water a little at a time whilst bringing the ingredients to a dough, once it is a firm dough stop adding the water and gather into a ball wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Whilst the pastry is chilling, cut the bacon into strips and set aside.
- Roll out the pastry onto a floured surface (needs to be half a cm thick) and then cut into strips.
- Twist the pastry strips (like a DNA strand) then wrap the bacon around it.
- Once all of your twists are prepared place on a pachment lined baking tray and brush a layer on egg wash on top.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese on top, then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes (until golden brown) on 180 degrees.
This would be great for any type of buffet and why not try salami instead of bacon or other cured meats. For a vegetarian alternative, the original asparagus wrapped in pastry would work well. If you’re looking for a easy snack with a twist then this recipe is perfect (and let’s be honest, bacon is always a winner!!)