These sweet and savory palmiers are a super easy appetizer to make when expecting last minute company! Rolled puff pastry dough filled with Dijon, bacon and a spicy cheese finished with maple syrup! Your guests will rave over these!
8oz.Spicy Cheddar Cheese (with Habanero or Jalapeno)
Cook bacon and chop up into small pieces. (You can do this all at once and very easily in the oven. Add your bacon to a wire rack and bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes.)
Unfold both sheets of defrosted puff pastry dough and lay onto a nonstick surface like parchment paper or a silicone mat. (It sticks very easily to the counter.) You can do this one sheet at a time if you want.
Add your Dijon and mayonnaise to a small bowl and mix together. Spread half of the Dijon mayo spread onto each sheet.
Shred your cheese and top both sheets evenly with the cheese. Crumble your cooked bacon and sprinkle bacon pieces evenly over each sheet. Using a rolling pin or your hands, press down the bacon and cheese into the puff pastry dough so it sticks to the dough.
Next, time to make the palmier shape! Carefully fold each pastry sheet IN HALF LENGTHWISE. (Take the right and left sides and folding them inward so they meet in the middle.) Repeat again folding the folded part in half lengthwise. Finish by "closing the sandwich". Fold the two folds so they close giving you the 'elephant ears'. (See photo above!)
Let the folded dough chill in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
Cut each folded dough into 1/2" slices and lay cut-side down onto a lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes.
When palmiers come out of the oven, brush maple syrup generously onto each palmier. Serve immediately.
Make sure to defrost your puff pastry dough in the fridge, not at room temperature, to prevent gummy dough.