Everyone likes a good party – especially when the party has great food!
As a child (honestly, even now!) any time my parents would host a party (New Years, super bowl, etc.) my mother would frequently make two appetizers – a stuffed mushroom (which were not my favorite) and stuffed crescent rolls. I used to think my mom’s stuffed crescent rolls were the best thing on this planet!
Over time, though, I have been contemplating how I could take that recipe to the next level. Let me introduce you to my bacon cheddar bites: thick cut bacon folded into a delightful, creamy filling and rolled in a butter croissant dough topped with a seasoned garlic butter – now if that does not get your mouth watering then I don’t know what will!
This recipe does call for thick cut bacon and not bacon bits; the reasoning for this is that if you roll the thick cut bacon into these bites you get a nice, strong bacon taste. You will lose some of that flavor (and texture) by using bacon bits – but it would still taste very good! To substitute bacon bits for bacon, you’ll want to use 6 tbsp instead of 8 slices.
This recipe really is straight forward and there really are no special “hacks” to make this recipe work. It’s simple, easy and extremely tasty. We hope this easy, delicious appetizer becomes a part of your party food rotation!
Bacon Cheddar Bites
- 1 can croissant dough
- 8 slices thick cut bacon cooked
- 1 block cream cheese room temperature
- 1 cup triple cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp salted butter
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Slice the bacon strips down the middle and set aside.
- In a bowl mix the cream cheese, shredded cheese, pepper, 1/2 tsp of italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder and 1/8 tsp of black pepper. In a separate bowl, melt the butter and mix in the remaining 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp italian seasoning.
- Roll out the crescent dough into rectangles (it should roll this way out of the can) and spread the cream cheese mixture throughouly over the squares.
- Place the sliced bacon evenly on the squares and tightly roll the crescent dough into the shape of a log.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 inch thick pinwheels and lay them flat on a baking sheet. Brush the garlic butter mixture over the pinwheels, saving about 1/2 for application after they are baked.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they begin to turn golden. Once baked, brush the remaining garlic butter on top and serve immediately.