Apples and bacon are combined to make a delicious savory appetizer, perfect for holiday entertaining.
This post has been created in partnership with Pillsbury.
If there is one thing I always love, it’s the salty/sweet combination. Which is why I like bacon in just about everything. Have you ever had the combination of apples and bacon? If not, you are really missing out.
Today, I’m showing you a super simple appetizer idea that would be great for any holiday party. Because anything that is made with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls is always a hit, isn’t it? These pinwheels are filled with the sweet and salty flavor profile that I love so much, all tucked inside buttery, flaky crescent roll dough. I’m thinking I need to throw a Christmas party just so I can make up some of these again, now!!
Start with one of the main stars – chopped apples.
Next up – bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right? Fry the bacon until crisp, then remove to a paper towel lined plate.
In the bacon drippings, cook the onion until translucent.
add in the chopped apples and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Add the bacon back in.
Pour in the apple cider and cook until the apples have started to soften, about 12-15 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat.
To make things easy, I used the Crescent Recipe Creations. You can also use regular crescent rolls and just pinch the seams together.
Unroll the dough into a long rectangle, then spread the filling evenly over the top.
Starting on the short end, roll the dough up.
Use a serrated knife to cut the log into 12 equal slices.
Place the slices cut side up on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
It’s as easy as that! Serve them warm or at room temperature for a great appetizer idea. And make sure you check out Serious Eats for even more great holiday recipes!
- 3 slices of bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup apple cider
- 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or Crescent Recipe Creations
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the bacon in a skillet and cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, reserving the bacon grease in the skillet. Add the onions to the grease and cook over medium heat to soften, 3-5 minutes. Add in the apples and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Add the bacon back in. Pour the apple cider over and cook until the apples have started to soften, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- If using crescent rolls, unroll the dough and separate into 2 long rectangles. Pinch together the perforations to seal. If using the dough sheet, unroll into one big rectangle.
- Spread the apple and bacon mixture evenly over the top of the dough. Starting at the short end, roll up. Using a serrated knife, cut the roll(s) into 12 equal slices. Place on a baking sheet, cut side down.
- Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
*You can make the filling a day ahead of time. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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