I needed some finger food for a party we had at a friends place. I just so happened to have puff pastry in the freezer that I didn’t know what I was going to do with but wanted to use for something tasty. I also had some dried figs I had been snacking on after our trip to Greece. And luckily, I also had goat cheese and bacon to go with it. It sounded tasty to combine them all into a finger food that everyone could enjoy.
I am so happy with how they turned out. As you will see in the video, I wasn’t too great with cutting the squares perfectly. Next time I will be better with making them more uniform and perfect. Fortunately my friends don’t expect perfection, only great flavor. That I can deliver on just fine! This recipe was no exception. I think they look kind of impressive too. But that is just me. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar at the end and it makes magic on the palate!
Bacon Fig Goat Cheese Puff Squares
|1 package (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) puff pastry, defrosted|
|1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled|
|1 (5-ounce) package goat cheese, crumbled|
|1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme|
|14 dried figs, soaked in warm water to hydrate|
|2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar|
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside
On a lightly floured surface, unfold pastry sheet. Roll pastry sheet into a 12-x-12-inch square. Cut into 36 squares. Prick pastry squares with a fork. Place 18 squares, evenly spaced, on each prepared baking sheet.
Chop bacon and fry up in a skillet until crisp.
Chop figs into small pieces.
In a bowl, combine goat cheese, figs, thyme and balsamic. Blend well together.
Spoon a small amount into the middle of each square. Top with bacon crumbles.
Place into oven and bake about 10 – 12 min until pastry is browned.
Remove from oven and cool slightly. Drizzle with balsamic before serving.