Happy New Year's Eve!
This is my last blog post of 2012 and I thought I would share a delicious and easy little appetizer. For me New Year's Eve is all about finger foods, and hooch... and maybe not necessarily in that order, but you get the picture.
This year I decided to throw together these super easy shrimp and bacon puffs. They come together very quickly, can easily be made a day or two ahead of time and just baked right before serving. The perfect thing for a cocktail party! The seafood and bacon combo is really delicious and everyone loves the buttery puff pastry. YUM
I hope y'all have a safe and tasty New Year's eve, and I will see you online next year!
Shrimp and Bacon Puffs
makes 2 dozen
1 lb cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
6 slices bacon, fried until crisp
3- 4 scallions, finely chopped
1 package frozen puff pastry (2 ready to bake sheets; I used Pepperidge Farms), thawed in the refrigerator.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade, mince the shrimp until finely chopped. Transfer minced shrimp to a large bowl.
In the same work bowl of the food processor combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan, worcestershire sauce, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Process until very smooth. Crumble bacon into cheese mixture and process briefly until well combined.
Add cheese mixture to shrimp. Add chopped scallions and stir until well mixed.
On a work surface, unfold one square of puff pastry dough. Spread half of filling evenly atop puff pastry, and then roll up jelly-roll-style. Repeat with remaining square of puff pastry.
Filling spread over the puff pastry...
Then rolled up like a jelly roll, ready to slice
Slice each roll into 12 equal pieces and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
At this point puffs can be covered and kept refrigerated until ready to bake.
Ready to bake!
Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake puffs for 20-30 minutes until centers are baked and golden. Serve hot or at room temperature.