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Recipe: Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels


These Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels are delicious… and the recipe is just in time for Oscar Night… whether you’re having a party or just hanging out with the family and want to make a snack… these are a terrific choice.



I’m always on the look-out for a clever idea for snacks or hors-dourves and this recipe fit the bill nicely…. It’s quick and easy and has only 5 ingredients… and pretty common ingredients at that.


I keep certain food ingredients on hand…. I always have a number of cheeses on hand…. this is a southern household thanks to Warren…. so bacon is always in the refrigerator or freezer…. and green onions are always here as well… we love Mexican food ….. I must say the package of green onions is pretty large…(I get them from Walmart…. they’re cheaper there and last so long… far longer than those from other grocery stores)… they never go to waste… I always use them up.

This recipe is from the folks at Pillsbury…. It uses Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls… something I try to keep on hand, as well… you can make it with their Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheets also.

While the dough sheets are a good idea… I found that if I don’t buy them specifically to use for a specific time… they go to waste by expiring past the “best used by” date… I know the date is somewhat flexible… but for me… not flexible enough.

Instead, I try to keep the Crescent Rolls on hand… this way if I don’t use them for a recipe… I make them as they were initially intended… dinner rolls.

TIPS

The original recipe is written for either Crescent Rolls or the Crescent Recipe Creations dough sheets… the instructions tend to trail off when they get to the rectangle portion of the directions.. then it switches to the dough sheets… and leaves you hanging about how thick to cut the slices…



The recipe says you should get 16 slices out of the dough… I figured out that would be about ¼ - ½ inch thick…. I got 14 slices out of it… I made a couple a little thicker by accident…. use your judgment… err on the side of small… since they do puff up considerably.


Holding the dough while cutting tends to make them a bit misshapen … just gently push them into as close to a circle shape that you can… look at mine on the cookie sheet then look at the result… they came out fine… they kind of bake into rounds anyway.




Be sure to use the dressing… the taste is terrific!

Use a pastry brush to brush on the dressing… to get it on evenly… I didn’t end up using all the dressing….


This is a great prepare ahead recipe… assemble all the way to slicing them several hours before baking… then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake.

Save on clean-up and time… see my post for Making Bacon in the Oven.


Use your mini chopper to chop the bacon… it gets it really finely chopped.

These make a terrific little snack while hanging out playing a game on Family Game Night or watching the Oscars…

If you decide to make them for a party… you can bake these somewhat in advance and serve them only slightly warm… so bake them first when planning on the order you bake things in your oven.






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Recipe: Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels

All you need:

1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet
2 tablespoons ranch dressing
4 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
½ cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
¼ cup chopped green onions

All you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.



Unroll the dough and if using the crescent rolls… Press the perforations to seal the dough.

If using the Creations dough… cut the dough sheet into 2 long rectangles 12x4 inch.

Spread the ranch dressing on the dough.



Sprinkle the dough with the bacon, cheese and green onions.







Roll the dough up jelly roll style and seal the edge.

With a sharp serrated knife, cut slices of dough about ¼ - ½ inch.. you should get approximately 14-16 slices.





Place the slices cut-side down on an ungreased baking sheet.




Bake 12-17 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Immediately remove them from the baking sheet.

Serve warm.

3 comments:

Joanne March 5, 2010 at 6:34 AM  

Bacon and cheddar? What a match made in heaven. I would be in danger of eating the whole roll of these if I made them!

Linda March 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

I would have too.... but I made soup that night so I was kinda full... thank goodness... Lord knows my hips don't need any more on them

Katy ~ March 7, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

Oooh, these look good! Good suggestion to serve with soup. Big YUMS up!

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