These are very yummy, and extremely easy. There’s nothing like the combo of spiced apples and pork with the addition of a sharp bite of cheddar. Mmm.
Start with some pancetta. Look how beautiful it is! Such pretty colors. Now, bacon would work just as well in this appetizer, but I preferred to use pancetta here because it isn’t smoked. I find that while bacon is damn good, the smoky flavor can compete a little too much with other flavors from time to time.
Now, dice up the pancetta and put it in a pan over medium. I put in a tsp or so of olive oil to prevent sticking. Pancetta is lower in fat content than bacon so I like to be cautious.
Let those guys get nice and brown, and then remove and set aside.
Now, dice up a pretty granny smith apple. I like granny smith for this because of the tart bite.
Now, put a knob of butter into the pan you used to brown the pancetta. Don’t scrape out the brown bits! They’ll add to the yumminess in the end.
Add in your apple
Ok, now add in a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar. I didn’t measure; I just use the palm of my hand. Here’s the cinnamon:
Annndd the brown sugar!
Now let those guys saute up for about 5 minutes or so: you want them to still have a bit of a bite, not to turn into applesauce. Keep trying them and adjust the seasoning if you think it’s necessary.
Grab yourself some great quality cheddar. Here’s mine; but it’s a matter of taste.
Add a few slices to your rolled out puff pastry
Now add on your sauteed spiced apples. Not too much! Remember they have to close.
Now for your pancetta
Perfect! Now just beat up one egg in a small bowl, grab yourself a pastry brush, and brush all around the edges with the egg wash. This’ll help the ends stick together.
I chose to make these really rustic and adorable looking, however, there’s no reason at all why you can’t make yours look far more professional. There are tons of shapes to make! Use your imagination
Now, into the oven with him! 375 for about 20 minutes or until he’s a gorgeous golden brown
……I think I’ll have to make these again very shortly.
Puff Pastry with Pancetta, Spiced Apples, and Cheddar
- puff pastry (a brand of your choice)
- 1-2 granny smith apples (depending on the number of mouths you’re feeding!)
- 6-8 slices of pancetta
- great quality cheddar, medium or old
- brown sugar
- olive oil
- Slice your pancetta into bite size pieces, and saute them over medium heat with a tsp of olive oil until brown. Remove, set aside
- Dice your granny smith apple(s) into bite size pieces. Add a knob of butter to the same pan used for pancetta and add in the apples.
- Season the apples with about a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of brown sugar (or more/less to your taste). Let them saute until softened but they still have a bite. (Taste for doneness around 5-6 minutes)
- Roll out your puff pastry. Cut into desired shapes
- Add a couple small slices of cheddar to each puff pastry portion. Top with a spoonful of apples, and a few pieces of the pancetta.
- Beat one egg in a small bowl, and using a pastry brush just brush the sides of the pastry to act as a glue.
- Seal up your pastries, and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. I put them on parchment paper, but you can grease a baking sheet or use a silicone baking sheet.