Puff Pastry Breakfast Squares
This weekend went by far too quickly, as my husband and I spent most of it working, but we did have a VERY lazy day yesterday. We like to cook a big breakfast together on Sunday mornings, but since we spent a long time in the kitchen the night making before dinner we wanted something easy this week. I decided on these little breakfast squares, which is just bacon and egg atop a piece of puff pastry but it tastes incredible. The buttery, flaky puff pastry is the perfect vehicle for the greasy bacon and the creaminess of the egg yolk plays so well with it. A light sprinkling of fresh thyme gives a nice lemony herbaceous quality that rounds out the whole dish. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s a nice quick and easy breakfast to add to your weekend repertoire (and your weekday one!) plus it looks impressive enough for company! This would be awesome to make for a brunch… make the puff pastry/bacon squares hours ahead of time, then warm under the broiler before adding the eggs! What I liked about this is you can make it just for two or for a crowd… try serving it with my oven baked hash browns.
Preheat your oven to 425 and cut a couple small pieces from frozen puff pastry. I didn’t even bother thawing mine… I left it folded in thirds, cut a couple pieces and then rolled them out so they were a little thinner and bigger. Dock the puff pastry all over with a fork (1) and then brush with softened unsalted butter (2). Top each square with a couple pieces of thick cut bacon that have been cut in half to fit (3). Bake in the oven until the puff pastry is golden brown and the fat has been rendered out of the bacon (4) about 12-16 minutes. While that’s in the oven, make your eggs. Heat a 1/2 tbsp of unsalted butter in a small frying pan over medium high heat (5) and crack your eggs into the hot butter (6). Cook until the whites set and the edges turn golden. Top the breakfast squares with the fried eggs and sprinkle with a little fresh thyme, salt and pepper.
Be sure to check out the Breakfasts category in the Recipes tab on the menu for more breakfast ideas!