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A few weeks ago one of my friends at work went to a night at the local community college where they learned how to cook a ton of appetizers. She posted some pictures and it sounded like so much fun. I talked to her about it the next day and she ended up bringing in all of the recipes for me so I could try them.
When New Year’s Eve came around I was looking for a few quick and easy appetizers to make since it was just going to be me, my husband, and J. I knew we didn’t need a ton of food but since it was going to be cold I wanted to make a few appetizers that were warm. I figured this would also be our dinner so I wanted to make them heavy apps.
I started looking through the recipes that my friend had given me and I found the one for Bacon Swiss Tarts. It sounded simple and delicious. I liked that in addition to the cheese and puff pastry it included spinach so I could feel like I was having some veggies in my appetizers.
When I went to the store I went looking for the phyllo tart shells but they only had them in graham cracker flavor which wasn’t going to work. I didn’t have time to look in other stores so I looked for an alternative. I found puff pastry cups and decided to give them a try. I had never used them before so I crossed my fingers and hoped that they worked.
If you are using the puff pastry cups make sure that you cook them first before filling them. When I opened the box I was surprised to see that the cups looked like little flat disks. However, once they were baked they puffed up into little cups and I was able to fill them with the spinach bacon mixture. I then put them back in the oven to warm up the filling.
These little tarts were so tasty! I loved the salty bacon with the earthy spinach and the creamy Swiss cheese all wrapped in puff pastry. It was a lot of flavors in one little bite. I ended up eating 4 or 5 of these because they were so good! They would be perfect for any party, football game, or holiday.
- 6 strips bacon, diced
- 1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package frozen puff pastry cups (24)
- 3/4 c. shredded Swiss cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 2 T. of drippings.
- Saute the onions and garlic in the drippings over medium heat until tender.
- Stir in the spinach, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper and heat through. Stir in the bacon and remove from heat.
- Place the puff pastry cups on two baking sheets. Put them in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove the pastry cups from the oven and push down on the middles.
- Sprinkle Swiss cheese on the bottom of each cup then top with a spoonful of the spinach mixture and sprinkle with more cheese.
- Place the cups back in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove and serve hot.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
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