Quite often on the boat

appetizers amount to opening up a can of something

or tearing open a box of crackers or chips or opening a jar of olives.

…still, when presented in an attractive fashion,

you can make even the simplest look appealing.


But when time allows,

provisions are available

and special guests expected,

it’s so much fun putting in a little extra effort.

These next little treats were surprisingly easy to make.

Encouraged by the success of my cheese straw treats (recipe here),

I picked up some more puff pastry.

Cooked in the back-of-the-boat barbecue or in the oven

these will make a super tasty treat for your next gathering.


what you will need
1 package of puff pastry (2 sheets per package)
1 8oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded aged cheddar
2 jalapenos, minced (seeds removed for less heat)
3-4 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled into small pieces
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg plus 1 tbsp water, whisked for an egg wash.

putting it all together

Mix cheeses, bacon and seasonings together.

Spread out one sheet of pastry on parchment or a floured surface.

Spread the cheese mix evenly over entire surface.

Top with second pastry sheet.

Roll up along the long end of your rectangle in jelly roll fashion.

Brush end with a bit of egg wash to seal.

With a sharp knife, cut slices about 1″ wide.

Place each little pinwheel onto a parchment-lined baking sheet

or if cooking on a barbecue, on a grill sheet.

Brush each pinwheel with egg wash.

Cook in a pre-heated 350 ° oven or grill set on medium

until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Now go invite some friends over.

These are too good not to share!


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