These incredibly tasty Cheese and Bacon Turnovers combine all of the best of our favorite comfort food flavors with rich, buttery puff pastry wrapped around crispy bacon and melted cheeses!! Nothing more is needed as every great flavor we love is wrapped in tender, flaky puff pastry and ready to be enjoyed!
The Best Savory Turnovers Ever
Whenever you are feeling hungry and want a snack or appetizer that won’t let you down, my delicious cheese and bacon turnovers are sure to satisfy any craving! This easy-to-make puff pastry creation is flaky and fabulous!
Plus it's filled with ooey-gooey melty cheese and crisp salty bacon. Seriously, what could be better?!
I serve these turnovers as appetizers when I have friends over, and also enjoy them for lunch or as a snack. The smell is superb, and I bet you won't be able to wait for these savory delights to cool down!
If you love puff pastry dough, these turnovers will hit the spot when you are in the mood for something savory. And if you love puff pastry and are a bacon lover, you’re twice as lucky. Add some smooth, medium cheddar or rich, sharp cheddar cheese and these turnovers are a treat from the heavens!
This recipe makes 8+ tasty turnovers, so multiply the recipe accordingly if you’d like more. Once you taste these, you definitely will! They'll surely go fast when you’ve got a hungry crowd.
What You’ll Need
This recipe is super simple and relies on these fabulous flavors to impress! So all you'll need is 4 ingredients - as if these turnovers could get any better! A baking sheet is helpful, too. 🙂
- Bacon – Everything goes better with bacon. I love hickory or applewood smoked bacon and prefer a thick-cut variety in my turnovers!
- Puff Pastry – Light, flaky, crisp, tasty, and oh-so buttery!
- Cheese – Melty and warm, cheese is always a hit! I'm using a combo of my favorite Pacific Northwest brand, Tillamook cheddar, and a wonderful sharp white cheddar.
- Egg – For that shiny egg wash finish to make these turnovers look their best!
Try my sweet pastries for holiday entertaining too!
How to Make Savory Turnovers
Making these cheese and bacon turnovers is a no-brainer. They are actually fun to put together and even better to eat.
And the best part? They only take 30 minutes from start to finish.
Prepare Your Ingredients
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper from end to end. Grate the cheese.
- Cook 8 strips of bacon in a large frying pan or a non-stick skillet over medium heat until they are nicely crisp, not overdone. This should take about 5 - 6 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, flip your bacon strips over so each side cooks evenly. Place the cooked bacon on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb the excess grease.
- Lightly flour a clean kitchen top surface and roll out the puff pastry dough – a 17.25-ounce package, which should be 2 sheets. Open the sheets gently and use a dab of water on your finger to seal any cracks.
- Cut the pastry sheets into 4 - 6 squares with a sharp knife. I cut 4 sections per sheet when I make these.
Assemble & Bake
- Place a slice of the cooked bacon over the center of each pastry puff square diagonally and top with a sprinkle of the 1 ½ cups (6 ounces) of the grated cheddar cheese. Be sure to leave enough so you have an even portion of cheese inside each turnover.
- Fold in the 2 opposite corners of the dough, laying down the first corner then folding the opposite corner over the first. Use a dab of water on your finger to seal the corners. Also, give the ends a bit of a pinch to help hold the ends together during baking. Do this for all 8 turnovers.
Beat one egg and coat the entire exposed surface of the puff pastry with egg wash using a pastry brush. Transfer the cheese and bacon turnovers to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave space between each turnover as they will expand in size while cooking.
- Bake the cheese and bacon turnovers at 375ºF (190ºC) for 15 - 20 minutes or until they are golden brown, and the cheddar cheese is completely melted.
Remove the turnovers from the oven and cool them on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before serving. *Or you can burn your mouth - ask me how I know!!
Enjoy these freshly baked and highly addictive turnovers as an appetizer or snack. No need for extras, these are SO GOOD all by themselves!
PS. These are also very familiar to UK readers that know of Gregg's bacon and cheese wraps. I've heard it is a very familiar smell to some!
Storing Baked Turnovers
Wrap your turnovers in plastic wrap or foil and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. I like to do a double wrap on most of my turnovers with plastic cling film and then store them in an airtight container for best freshness. Since the turnovers contain a meat product, they do require refrigeration.
Use heavy-duty aluminum foil and freezer storage bags for freezing your turnovers. Turnovers store well in the freezer for up to 3 months. *It is easiest to freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then wrap and store them in a container or freezer bag. The turnovers can also be stored in a freezer container with sheets of parchment paper between layers.
You can reheat turnovers very easily! Using your microwave, heat in half-power bursts for 30 seconds until warmed to your satisfaction. In the oven, place the turnovers onto a baking sheet and warm in a preheated oven at 400ºF (205ºC). They won't take long to warm, so watch your turnovers closely.
Or simply place the turnovers in the refrigerator to thaw from frozen.
Of course, turnovers are perfectly delicious at room temperature and even cold. So no heating is necessary if you're ready to dive into the turnovers right out of the fridge!
Cheese and Bacon Turnovers
- 8 slices bacon
- 17.25 oz puff pastry (1 package - 2 sheets)
- 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces of grated cheese)
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cook the bacon in a large frying pan or non-stick skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5-6 minutes. Flip the bacon about halfway through the cooking time. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
- On a very lightly floured working surface, roll out the puff pastry sheets. *Gently open the sheets, and use a dab of water to seal any cracks.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry sheets into 4-6 squares. I am using the larger squares, so I only cut 4 sections per sheet.
- Lay a slice of bacon over the center of each square diagonally then top with a sprinkle of the grated cheddar cheese.
- Bring in two opposite corners, laying the first down then folding the other corner over the first. *You can use a dab of water to help seal the folded puff pastry corners. Pinching the corners together will also help to prevent the ends from separating during baking.
- Coat the entire exposed surface of the puff pastry with the egg wash and then transfer them to your prepared baking sheet. Be sure to leave spacing between the pastries as they will expand.
- Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes or until the pastries are golden and the cheese is fully melted.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before serving.
You can reheat turnovers very easily! Using your microwave, heat in half-power bursts for 30 seconds until warmed to your satisfaction. In the oven, place the turnovers onto a baking sheet and warm in a preheated oven at 400ºF (205ºC). They won't take long to warm, so watch your turnovers closely. Or simply place the turnovers in the refrigerator to thaw from frozen. Of course, turnovers are perfectly delicious at room temperature and even cold. So no heating is necessary if you're ready to dive into the turnovers right out of the fridge!
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!