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Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Bites

>> Friday, August 19, 2011

I recently went to a potluck breakfast.  Most of the things people were bringing were sweet, so I thought it would be nice to take a savory dish.  I found this recipe for Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Bites and thought it would be simple and fit the "savory" bill.  I was right!  The original recipe called for a can of Pillsbury Crescent seamless dough sheet, but I decided to make a homemade crescent roll instead.

Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Bites
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)1 cup butter or margarine, melted1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 to 5 slices of bacon (turkey or pork)
1/2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese, shredded (I used 2%)

Night before:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar. Add eggs, salt and yeast mixture. Stir in enough flour until dough leaves the sides of bowl and is soft (do not knead). Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Cook bacon as directed on package until desired crispiness.  Drain on paper towels and set aside to cool.

Morning of:

Grease (2) 9x13 baking dishes.  Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; roll flat pressing into a 20x8-inch rectangle.  Sprinkle cheese evenly over dough.  Finely chop bacon and sprinkle evenly on top of cheese.

Roll up dough with fillings like how you would for cinnamon rolls. Place seam side down on cutting board.  Using a serrated knife, cut roll into 24 slices.  Place slices, cut sides up, in prepared baking pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are just starting to turn brown and the cheese is melting in the middle.  

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