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Savoury Danish Pastries with Bacon & Blue Cheese

What's the big idea?

I thought this twist on the traditional Danish pastry would make an unusual starter. They did. Trouble was, they were so tasty that nobody was interested in a main course - they just wanted more of these! In the end I decided that maybe the best thing to do is to make some for the start of the match, then another batch for half-time, and then serve the "main meal" after the final whistle.

They're also great to take with you if you're going to watch a game.

Makes 8 pastries

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon (Danish) butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 12oz diced (yes, Danish!) back bacon
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon English (what, not Danish?!) mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4oz crumbled Danish blue cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 12oz puff pastry (the ready made frozen stuff is fine!)
  • 1 egg, beaten

What To Do

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6
  • Meanwhile, heat a the butter in a frying pan. Fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until golden
  • Add the bacon and fry, stirring occasionally, until cooked
  • Add the paprika, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper to the pan
  • After a couple of minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes
  • Mix in the Danish blue cheese and sour cream
  • Roll out the puff pastry and cut into eight squares
  • Divide the bacon & cheese mixture equally between the pastry squares
  • Fold two diagonally opposite corners of each pastry square into the middle, to cover most of the cheese mixture
  • Glaze with a little beaten egg
  • Grease and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Place the pastries on this and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown

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