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Brunch Bites to Impress October 9, 2009

I often have the need for a breakfast/brunch dish that travels well. Well, I’ve got a new favorite and it would be just as good for a party appetizer. The prep is simple and the results are fantastic (really… how wrong can you go with bacon and cheese?!?)

Bacon-Cheddar Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. pie crusts (2 crusts), softened according to package directions.
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 plum tomatoes (plus more diced for garnish, optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. (1/2 pkg) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • Sliced green onions (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll pie crust onto lightly floured surface. Spacing closely together, use a cup (the Pampered Chef Measure-All Cup is perfect) to cut nine circles around the outside edge and three in the center. Press disks into wells of a 24-indentation mini muffin pan, using the Mini-Tart Shaper to complete. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown (if your dough has become very warm, I would suggest popping it into the fridge for 5 – 10 minutes to re-chill).
  2. Meanwhile, stack bacon; thinly slice and cook over medium-high heat 10 – 12 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel-lined plate; cool slightly. Meanwhile, cut tomatoes in half and scrape out seeds. Dice. Chop bacon (the Food Chopper is great for this). In a bowl, combine bacon, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mustard and pressed garlic. Mix well.
  3. Remove pan from oven to a rack. Using a small spoon (such as the Adjustable Measuring Spoon), fill each cup with about 1 Tbsp. of the cheese mixture. Bake 5 – 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with green onions and additional diced tomato, if desired.

Yield: 24 appetizers

Recipe from The Pampered Chef.

I ended up with extra filling and plan to try it wrapped in crescent dough and baked or spread on toast and broiled. Simple and quick, but

This could definitely be lightened up. The Neufchatel cheese I used worked just fine. You could also replace the bacon with turkey bacon and use light cheddar.

Hope you enjoy it!

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