Don’t lose it, reuse it!
Got lots of leftovers that no one wants to touch? Is everything in your house avoiding it like the plague and insisting on ordering pizza instead? If you are like me and hate food waste, you have to learn how to get creative with leftovers. For me, the solution is simple-just wrap up everything in pastry. Extra fruit or veg? Get some shortcrust pastry and make a tart or galette! Do you have a load of roast chicken or Thanksgiving turkey leftover? Stuff it in puff pastry and make these tasty chicken and bacon puffs stuffed with tomatoes, scallions, cheese, and garlic then toast it in the oven until it is golden brown and flaky. I can’t get enough of these little delicious chicken and bacon triangles and neither can my family which is a good thing. Waste not, want not….eat up.
Puff pastry stuffed with cooked chicken and bacon, tomatoes, garlic, scallions and cheese then baked into a delectable triangle. #snacks #appetizer #baking #puffpastry #chicken #bacon
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken or turkey (roughly chopped)
4–5 strips of uncooked bacon (finely chopped)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 fresh red tomatoes (pulped removed and diced)
1/2 cup scallions (finely chopped)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme leaves (optional)
1 egg (beaten)
20 puff pastry squares (8 cm x 8 cm / ~4 in x 4 in)
a light sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 230 C / 450 F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped chicken, chopped bacon, minced garlic, diced fresh tomatoes, chopped scallions, grated Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise and thyme together. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper then mix together until everything is evenly dispersed and coated.
Lay out puff pastry squares on baking paper. Allow it to defrost enough so that you can handle it without it falling apart. If it is too frozen to bend without breaking, simply place in in the oven for 30 seconds. If it is too soft that touching it makes turns into a gigantic mess, place in the freezer to firm up.
Place a large spoonful of filling mixture in the center of the puff pastry square. Carefully fold the puff pastry over diagonally, forming a triangle. If you are having trouble folding it and sealing it together, pick up the pastry sheet and fold it together in your hands. I find that this works better then folding it over flat on the oven tray.
Seal with edges with a fork and brush with beaten egg. Continue until all the mixture is used up.
Bake in the oven at 230 C / 450 F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Remove from oven, allow to cool and feast away.
- Category: Snack, Appetizer
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Western
Keywords: pastry, chicken, bacon, garlic, cheese, baked goods