Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pinterest All Star - Crescent Roll Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

The Pin

The Pin-test!

If you have not seen this Pin you are either blind or dead. This pin has been making the rounds on Pinterest for quite some time now and has recently seen a revival due in large part to Super Bowl Sunday. Or as many of us have come to know it Food-per Bowl Sunday! Good ol' Super Bowl Sunday, that other special time of the year when everything around that holiday centers around food. And let's face it, Super Bowl Sunday is as much a holiday now as St. Patricks Day and Cinco de Mayo. So, because this special holiday is just around the corner, and I know many of you are eager to try some Pinterest recipes, I decided to give this Pinterest All-Star a test run for you.

How should I put this.... Ryan and I were... not big fans. I know how could we not be: cream cheese! Bacon! Jalapeño! I know, stop yelling, let me explain. Okay, first off, I love -no, wait- I LURV crescent rolls and carbs in general, so this should have been a homerun for me. Ryan loves all things bacon, creamcheese, and jalapeño, so this should have been a homerun for him. So where did this go wrong?

For me, the dough was too sweet for the savory filling, it just didn't work. Also, there was not enough filling, which allowed the sweet dough to overpower the flavors in the tiny rolls. Another complaint was that the flavors didn't seem to have blended enough in the baking process. This wouldn't be such a big deal except this is a two-biter app. Meaning that sometimes you'd taste a trace of bacon here... a trace of jalapeño there... but because of the portions you'd almost never get both of the flavors at the same time. 

Anyway, I don't think I would give these a second try, only because I don't think if I increased the filling amount it would decrease the sweet taste of the dough. Should you try these? I say be my guest! If you LOVE crescent rolls, don't like things too spicy, or simply just like bacon, give it ago. They are easy to make, look fantastic, and smell just as great. If you do decide to try to these I recommend increasing the filling amount and maybe chopping up the bacon and jalapeños and mixing them into the cream cheese.

What did Ryan think you ask? Ryan will probably "blog" about his thoughts on his "comment blog" aka the comment section after this post. 

Pinterest All Star - Crescent Roll Bacon Jalapeño Poppers
Via Hello Hue

You will need::
 a can of Pillsbury Crescent doughabout
2 tablespoons of cream cheese (give or take, depending on how much you want to use)
1-2 fresh jalapeños
and about 3 strips of bacon (if you want... I always want bacon.)
These amounts make 16 poppers.

Oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F. 
  1. Chop the jalapeños into small pieces. Clean out the seeds. Don't stick your fingers in your eyes or mouth for the rest of the day.
  2. Cut the bacon into pieces and then cook it up. I usually cut it up first cuz then you have nice, neat pieces and it doesn't get too crumbly. Just watch it so it doesn't burn. Unless you like burnt bacon. But that's weird.
  3. Roll out your dough. It's perforated into triangles, but I cut each triangle in half with a pizza cutter and do one popper on each half. Does that make sense? Sorry I didn't take pictures of that part. You can do it without cutting the crescents in half, and they'll just be a little bigger than bite size (and then the recipe will yield 8 larger poppers).
  4. Layer a small dollop of cream cheese, a piece or two of jalapeño, and bacon. 
  5. Bring the corners of the dough together and twist them together at the top. Press the edges of the dough together so the insides don't gush out.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 and munch away!