Party BBQ chicken and bacon pinwheels

Screenshot_20170606-135942When it comes to party food – I’m an absolute sucker for it. Set me in front of some cocktail sausages, chicken goujons and sausage rolls and I’m good for a solid hour.

I’m also partial to the finer side of party food (if there is such a thing) – a slider-of-whatever, an infused something-or-other or a handcrafted-thing-or-two and I’m also good for an afternoon. Don’t interrupt me or make eye contact, I’m busy………………………………mmmkkkaaayy?

But when it comes to hosting my own party, I’m all about the easy life. Getting the house tidied, the shopping in and the booze purchased are all time consuming enough without adding to my platter – lol geddit?

I try to work on the ‘make some, buy some’ theory – it looks like you’ve made an effort……and you have……..but not so much that you’ve stressed yourself and can’t enjoy what you’ve created.Screenshot_20170606-140028That’s where these little beauties come in. They are THE EASIEST hot party food in the world and the filling can be WHATEVER you want it to be. They are also a pretty awesome little cold treat on a picnic #justsayin

These are inspired by my late granny Peggy who used to make what we called Curly Wurlies – a simple, yet delightful combo of puff pastry, bacon and cheese. I loved these so much growing up that my gran always had a stash in her freezer and ours. There were usually fresh ones on the go as well. I used to ding them in the microwave straight from frozen. Who knows if that’s advisable but I did it anyway. I sure do miss my gran and her wonderful baking, but I take inspiration from her all the time and use her recipes when I can.Screenshot_20170608-130645I’ve made two variations of these pinwheels to show you how versatile they are – BBQ chicken and bacon, and sundried tomato pesto, chicken and feta. You can add anything you like to them – making them sweet or savoury, they can be Italian, Chinese, Indian, Moroccan, they can be simple or fancy – it really is your call and based on what you have already in your cupboards.

I imagine these are delish with pulled pork, roasted veggies, tikka sauce, pepper sauce goat’s cheese, nutella, banana – I mean, really, I could go on but you get the idea.Screenshot_20170606-135920I’m not even sure I can give you a proper recipe for these as I just chucked in what I had leftover in the fridge, but I will give you a ballpark idea and you will know yourself how much of things you need.

Ingredients

For the BBQ chicken and bacon
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • A handful of shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • A handful of grated cheese – I used mature cheddar
  • One beaten egg
For the sundried tomato pesto, chicken and feta
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 3 tbsp. sundried tomato pesto
  • A handful of shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 roasted red pepper from a jar
  • 50-70g feta cheese
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • One beaten egg
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c (fan)
  2. For each type of party pin wheel, spread your chosen sauce over the puff pastry, leaving the edges free.
  3. Sprinkle over your toppings evenly and brush the long edge of the pastry with the beaten egg.
  4. Roll up the pinwheel, being careful to keep it nice and tight as you go and ensuring the long edge is sealed.
  5. Slice the pinwheel into rolls, about 2cms thick and place them onto a non-stick oven sheet.
  6. Brush each roll with a little more beaten egg.
  7. Cook for 15-20 mins until brown and bubbly.
  8. ENJOY!

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