Need hors d’oeuvres for a get together? These are the perfect little bites!
I found the recipe on foodgawker…are you surprised? The recipe is from A Communal Table. The only thing I changed is that I used more cheese (and I used cheddar) and another egg yolk. I found that the 1 cup wasn’t enough.
I made this recipe for Christmas Eve at my boyfriend’s family’s get together. They were a hit! Cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions? How could it go wrong?
I absolutely love that this recipe uses premade pie dough, it adds a little sweet touch. It also makes it easy! Just grab a package of refrigerated pie crusts – they usually come with 2 in them which is all you need for this recipe.
And wait till you see my “cookie cutter” … I’m not someone who makes and rolls out sugar cookie dough to make shapes. Sometimes you have to improvise!
Mini Bacon and Cheese Crostatas
(Makes about 3 dozen)
1 pkg. refrigerated pie dough (enough for 2 crusts)
6 slices of bacon, chopped into 1/4 bits (freeze it for an hour – it’s easier to chop!)
1 very large onion, cut into thin half moons
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
3 egg yolks
Salt and pepper
Take your pie crust out of the fridge to sit at room temperature.
In a frying pan over medium high heat, cook bacon until browned, but not crispy (it’ll cook more in the oven).
Meanwhile, slice the onion. When the bacon is done, let drain on a paper towel. Leave about 1-2 tbsp. of bacon grease in the pan and discard the rest. Cook the onions in the bacon grease on medium heat for about 20 minutes until the onions have melted down and turned a caramel color.
While the onions are cooking, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Flour a clean work surface and place one of your pie crusts down. Roll out to about 1/8″ thick, basically almost thin enough to see through it. Then using a 3″ cookie cutter (or a drinking glass…) punch out circles, set the scraps aside and repeat with the other pie crust. Take the scraps, roll together and repeat until you’ve used all you can.
Place the circles on your lined sheets. They won’t all fit, but one you crimp the sides you can put all of them on!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together your egg yolks and cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Now, it’s time to assemble. Put about a teaspoon of cheese mixture in the center of the pie rounds, topped with a pinch of onions. Spread around the wealth and then if there’s leftovers, dish out accordingly.
To crimp the sides, fold up an edge, then take the corner of the fold, and fold that up. Make sure you pinch around the sides to seal it. Repeat until you get around the crostata and pinch the last side up. Repeat to the rest of the crostatas.
Place in the oven and bake about 10 minutes until just barely golden. Take out of the oven and top with bacon. Put back in the oven for 5-8 minutes until the crusts are a nice golden brown.
Serve warm or reheat before serving!