Mascarpone and Grape Puff Pastry Bites

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 pieces
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Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1/4 cup store-bought crumbled bacon bits

1/2 cup mascarpone

1/2 cup halved seedless grapes

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Unfold puff pastry and cut into 3 equal pieces along the fold. Roll each sheet out slightly. Using a 2 1/2-inch cutter, cut 4 rounds out of each strip, giving you 12 rounds total. Using a 1 1/2-inch cutter, press into each round, making a solid indentation without cutting completely through the pastry.
  3. Place rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and top with a baking rack. This will keep the rounds uniform and even as they puff up during baking. Bake until rounds are golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Using the tip of a spoon, carefully remove the inner circle of the puff pastry creating a nest. Fill each nest with 1 teaspoon of the bacon bits and top with 2 teaspoons of the mascarpone. Garnish with grape halves and a sprinkle of parsley. Serve on individual plates or a serving platter.

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