Bacon and Cheese Turnovers

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Bacon and Cheese Turnovers are stuffed with crispy bacon and two types of cheese, then slathered with strawberry jam and wrapped in flaky puff pastry!

bacon and cheese turnovers on a red geometric plate.

These cheesy bacon turnovers make the perfect breakfast or party appetizer for events like game day, holidays, or brunch of all types. They're a delicious and savory treat the whole family will love!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Easy recipe using only 7 ingredients
  • Versatile recipe that can be adapted easily
  • Can be made ahead for parties and events
  • Tastes amazing for breakfast, brunch or appetizers
  • There's BACON wrapped in puff pastry! What could be better?

Serving Ideas

Are you searching for a delicious appetizer everyone will rave about at your next party? Want to serve something unique for breakfast or brunch with a Bacon Bloody Mary on Christmas morning?

Cheese and Bacon Turnovers are so versatile, you'll want to make them every chance you get! They can be served as a lunch entree with Strawberry Feta Salad, or stuffed into your lunch box for a special treat.

This bacon cheese puff pastry is incredibly tasty as a party appetizer served with Mini Quiche Tarts, Sausage Balls and a Pigs in a Blanket Wreath. Guests will love the flavor of smoky bacon and sharp cheddar cheese wrapped inside a buttery puff pastry sheet.

The addition of strawberry jam or pepper jelly (ad) puts this cheese and bacon pastry recipe over the top! The mix of salty bacon with sweet jam is a combination your guests won't stop raving about.

bacon and cheese turnovers stacked on a wooden board.

Equipment

  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet pans
  • small bowl, spoons and knives

Ingredients

With only 7 simple ingredients, this easy recipe will be ready to bake in minutes! You can easily find the items in your local grocery store or supermarket.

See recipe card for quantities.

  • puff pastry sheets - use store-bought puff pastry such as Wewalka brand or Jus Rol that rolls out onto its own parchment paper. It's designed to fit a half-size sheet pan.
  • regular bacon slices - choose regular bacon for crispy slices or thick bacon if you like it floppy
  • cream cheese - allow cream cheese to reach room temperature so it will be easy to spread
  • strawberry jam or pepper jelly - can substitute raspberry, apricot or cherry jam in its place
  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese - can substitute other cheeses if desired
  • egg wash - beat one large egg with a little milk or water to make an egg wash
  • poppy seeds - sprinkle on top of the turnovers for extra crunch
ingredients needed for bacon cheese turnovers.

How to Make Bacon and Cheese Turnovers

  • Spread bacon strips onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake bacon strips at 400ºF for 15 minutes until crispy. Drain on wire rack until cool.
  • Roll out puff pastry dough onto parchment paper on a sheet pan or baking sheet.
  • Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut sheet of puff pastry into 12 rectangles.
  • Spread cream cheese onto each rectangle.
  • Using a knife, spread a thin layer of strawberry jam on top of cream cheese.
  • Stack a strip of bacon diagonally across each rectangle. Break slices in half to make them fit if necessary.
  • Sprinkle bacon with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Wrap the bacon strip by taking the top right edge of pastry and pulling it down to the middle. Pull up the bottom left edge to overlap.
  • Press pastry together tightly and seal. Repeat the process for each rectangle of puff pastry turnovers.
  • Brush top of each turnover with a pastry brush dipped in egg wash, then sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • Bake turnovers at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until flaky pastry is golden brown and bacon is crispy on the ends.
rows of turnovers on a wooden slab.

Top Tips

  • Bake the bacon ahead of time for best results. Otherwise, it won't cook completely.
  • Use softened cream cheese or it will tear the puff pastry.
  • Add more jam if you want a sweeter pastry, or use less if you prefer it to be more savory than sweet. If you like it hot, pepper jelly adds a nice kick!

Variations

  • red pepper jelly - add a little bit of heat with red pepper jelly or crushed red pepper
  • sausage - use cooked sausage crumbles instead of bacon for a different savory filling
  • parmesan cheese - add parmesan or use it instead of sharp cheddar cheese
  • spinach - create a vegetarian version by substituting fresh spinach for bacon
  • caramelized onions - adding caramelized onions creates another layer of flavor
  • feta and tomato - sprinkle on feta cheese and add sliced cocktail tomatoes
  • different fillings - create a variety of different fillings so guests will have a choice
cheese and bacon turnovers on a red patterned plate.

Storage and Freezing

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, do so in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes until heated throughout.

Turnovers can be frozen before or after baking. Be sure to wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Then place turnovers in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Frozen turnovers can be thawed in the refrigerator overnight. If they're unbaked, cook them as directed in recipe. If turnovers have already been baked, reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze bacon and cheese turnovers?

These cheese and bacon turnovers freeze well which makes them a great recipe. You can freeze them before or after baking and reheat according to directions above.

Is it okay to substitute a different type of jam?

All types of jam or preserves work well in this recipe. Try raspberry or apricot jam for a sweet filling, or leave out the preserves completely for a more savory filling. I highly recommend using red pepper jelly (ad) if you like a little heat. The flavor is amazing in this recipe!

Can bacon and cheese turnovers be made ahead?

Yes! These puff pastry turnovers are easy to make ahead. Simply assemble sheets of puff pastry and toppings as directed. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before baking. Save the egg wash and brush it on later before putting turnovers in the oven.

Can crescent rolls be used instead of puff pastry?

You can try using crescent rolls, but they don't puff up as high as flaky pastries. Pie dough can also be used, but it will be totally flat after baking. The layers of butter in puff pastry causes it to rise very high and makes the perfect envelope for a turnover.

What type of puff pastry is best to use?

Wewalka or Jus Rol are the recommended puff pastry sheets to use in this recipe. They roll out on their own parchment paper to fit on a baking sheet. If you use another brand, you might have to combine two sheets to fit your pan. 

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Recipe Card

bacon and cheese turnovers on a red geometric plate.

Bacon and Cheese Turnovers

Bacon and Cheese Turnovers are stuffed with crispy bacon and two types of cheese, then slathered with strawberry jam and wrapped in flaky puff pastry!
5 from 4 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 386kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

  • parchment paper
  • sheet pan or baking sheet
  • small bowl with knives and spoons

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce roll puff pastry (Wewalka or Jus Rol brand)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • ½ cup strawberry jam / preserves (or red pepper jelly for a little heat)
  • 12 strips bacon (regular slices)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar (shredded)
  • 1 large egg (whisked with 1 Tablespoon milk or water)
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

BACON

  • Spread bacon strips onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake bacon strips at 400ºF for 15 minutes until crispy. Drain on wire rack until cool.

PASTRY

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Roll out puff pastry dough on parchment paper onto a half sheet pan or baking sheet.
  • Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut sheet of puff pastry into 12 rectangles.
  • Spread softened cream cheese onto each rectangle.
  • Using a knife, spread 1 teaspoon of strawberry jam (or pepper jelly) on top of cream cheese.
  • Stack a strip of bacon diagonally across each rectangle. Break slices in half to make them fit if necessary.
  • Sprinkle bacon with a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Wrap the bacon strip by taking the top right edge of pastry and pulling it down to the middle. Pull up the bottom left edge to overlap.
  • Press pastry together tightly and seal. Repeat the process for each rectangle of puff pastry turnovers.
  • Make an egg wash with a beaten egg mixed with 1 Tablespoon or milk or water.
  • Brush top of each turnover with a pastry brush dipped in egg wash, then sprinkle with a few poppy seeds if desired.
  • Bake turnovers at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until flaky pastry is golden brown and bacon is crispy on the ends.

Notes

  • Wewalka or Jus Rol are the recommended puff pastry sheets to use. They roll out on parchment paper to fit a baking sheet. If you use another brand, you might have to combine two sheets to fit your pan. 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, do so in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes until heated throughout.
  • Turnovers can be frozen before or after baking. Be sure to wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Then place turnovers in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Frozen turnovers can be thawed in the refrigerator overnight. If they're unbaked, cook them as directed in recipe. If turnovers have already been baked, reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Assemble turnovers ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until time to bake. Save the egg wash for later and brush it on right before putting turnovers in the oven.
  • View the Google Web Story for Bacon and Cheese Turnovers!
  • See detailed notes, photos and tips in the recipe post. 

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh! These are the best little appetizers for parties! All of the flavors are everyone's favorites.

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds good. But I wondered if you've ever put some beaten egg inside? Would it cook through if you added a tablespoon of beaten egg to the center mix or make a runny mess??

    1. Hi Beverly. I have actually thought about it, but never tried it. I think it would work better if you cooked the eggs beforehand (like an omelet or scrambled) and stuffed them inside.

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