Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties

Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.
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Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

More often than not, I find myself dreaming of food – whether I am awake or asleep! These Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties were the result of one of those moments.

They’re the ideal appetiser to serve with drinks; crisp, flaky pastry filled with a bacon and onion mixture. It is savoury goodness in mini form!

Best of all? This delicious tasting, impressive looking recipe is one of the simplest I have published on the blog yet!

Read on, and I will explain just how quickly you can whip up a batch of these Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties.

Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Ingredients in the Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties:

Given that there are only a handful of ingredients in this recipe, I recommend using good quality products.

Bacon:

For this recipe, I have used a good quality shortcut bacon. You can tell the quality of bacon when you cook it – if the bacon starts to spit a lot in the pan, this tends to indicate that the bacon has high water content. Higher quality bacon should not spit nearly as much.

Rashers of bacon on a wooden board.

Onion:

The brown onion, also known as the yellow onion, is the one you use most frequently. Red onion will also work fine in this recipe.

Basket of brown onions.

Butter Puff Pastry:

Butter Puff Pastry is an ingredient I always have on hand! As I have mentioned previously, I tend to make everything completely from scratch.

My one exception? Definitely puff pastry. I do occasionally make my own, but for ease (and to make these delicious pasties even quicker!), I use frozen pastry here.

As this food blog is all about simple and delicious recipes, I highly recommend using frozen puff pastry. I prefer to use butter puff pastry, for an extra flaky pastry base.

Puff Pastry on a wooden board.

Sea Salt and Black Pepper:

I use sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper to season my pasties. Keep in mind that the bacon is salty, so be sure to taste before you add too much salt.

White bowl of ground black pepper and white bowl of sea salt.

How to make the Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties:

Ideally, I defrost the pastry sheets in the refrigerator but if I’m short of time I defrost the pastry on the kitchen bench. It is, however, essential that the pastry not become warm, it must stay chilled.

As such, I recommend keeping the pastry in the fridge until you are ready to begin assembling your pasties. If, once you have assembled the pasties, and the pastry is too warm, you can chill them on the tray prior to baking.

I begin the filling by preparing my bacon and onion mixture. I finely dice my onion and bacon and caramelise in a little olive oil. The mixture is then set aside to cool completely and is seasoned with salt and pepper.

Using a cookie cutter, I cut rounds of pastry and place on a baking tray. A small amount of the bacon and onion mixture is then placed on the pastry.

I then seal the parcels to make a mini pasty. A brush of egg wash gives the pastry a delicious sheen.

The pastries are then baked to golden perfection.

Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Tips for success:

  • As mentioned above, I highly recommend using a Butter Puff Pastry – it is better quality and will give a better flavour and texture to the pasties.
  • The pasties freeze well. Allow them to cool completely, and then place in a sealed container with a layer of cling film or parchment to separate the layers.
  • If reheating the tarts, use a moderate oven temperature.
Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

More suggestions for these ingredients:

Bacon can be found in these delicious recipes:

Onion is the star of these dishes:

Here are some more delicious pastry recipes for you to try:

Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

When it comes to serving:

These are a delicious canape to serve with a pre-dinner drink. They also make a fabulous brunch or lunch, served with a green salad.

As you can enjoy the pastries both hot or cold, they’re also perfect to put into a lunchbox!

Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

I would love to hear what you think when you give these a try. Do let me know in the comments below what you think!

Enjoy!
Alex xx

Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.
Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.
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Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties

These truly delicious appetisers are so simple to make. Bacon and Onion are caramelised together and baked in golden, flaky pastry.

Course Appetiser, Canape, Entree, Snack, Starter
Cuisine European
Keyword bacon, delicious, easy, onion, pasties, pastry, puff pastry, savoury, simple
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 pasties
Calories 148 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 shortcut bacon rashers
  • 1 small brown onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 sheet butter puff pastry See Note 1
  • 1 egg See Note 2
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Finely dice the onion, and chop the bacon into small pieces. 

  2. Heat up a frying pan, and add the teaspoon of oil to the pan. Once heated, add the chopped bacon and onion. 

  3. Fry until golden brown – this usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Stir regularly to ensure the mixture doesn’t stick.

    Set mixture aside to cool down.

  4. Preheat oven to 200 Degrees C (390 F).

    If the pastry is frozen, remove it from the freezer shortly before preparing the filling. (Don’t remove it too early or it will be difficult to cut neatly. The pastry will have a better texture if it is still chilled when placed in the oven.)

  5. When the pastry has just defrosted, using a 6 cm cookie cutter, cut 12 circles of pastry and put onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.

  6. Divide the cooled bacon and onion mixture between the pastry circles, leaning a little towards one side of the pastry.

  7. Fold the circles over to make a pasty shape.

    Using a fork, press down the edges of the pastry, to ensure it is well sealed.

  8. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, snip a small hole in the centre of the pasty, to allow steam to be released.

    Bake in your pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

  9. Allow to cool slightly before serving, or cool completely if storing/re-heating later.

Recipe Notes

  1. I highly recommend using a Butter Puff Pastry – it is better quality and will give a better flavour and texture to the pasties.
  2. We use an egg for the egg wash of the pasties prior to baking. If you have a spare white or yolk, you can use this instead of a whole egg. 
  3. The pasties freeze well – allow to cool fully. Place in a sealed container with a layer of cling film or parchment to separate the layers.
  4. The pasties reheat very well as a lower temperature.
  5. Nutritional information is based on one pasty.
Nutrition Facts
Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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48 Comments on “Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties”

  1. 5 stars
    What a fun lunchbox snack! Will definitely try this out for my bacon loving kiddos. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These are gorgeous! I love pasties or empanadas as we call them, but hardly ever add bacon to them. Such a great idea! I used to make puff pastry myself but I haven’t in years. Maybe it’s time to start again. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m always dreaming of food too….or my sleep is impeded because I’m thinking about food, lol. These pasties sound and look absolutely wonderful, Alexandra! Talk about a lovely combo with bacon and onion! Can’t wait to try 🙂

  4. Before, I have never made this recipe…I tried many times to make this recipe, but not come with the actual taste, and then I have followed your instruction, At last, the dish came with the exact taste…So thank you very much for your guidance.

  5. 5 stars
    I love the combo of bacon and pastry always, and these are the perfect snack size. Although I am sure I would end up eating the whole lot!

  6. 5 stars
    What a great idea for appetisers or parties – I can only imagine how quickly they would disappear from the plate! It would be hard to eat just one… yum!

  7. 5 stars
    I can not explain the love I have for this dish it was like heaven in my mouth, an absolute adventure for the taste buds crispy and delicious!

  8. I don’t know where to start! Bacon, or pasties? I love them both so much! I’ve had more than my share of delicious pasties, but I’ve never had them made with puff pastry. What an exquisite shortcut!

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