Faith Gorsky

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites

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I’ve always loved peanut butter in savory dishes, especially paired with bacon (bacon, peanut butter, and fried egg sandwiches might sound weird, but believe me when I tell you they are out-of-this-world amazing!). Like peanut butter and bacon, bacon and leek also have a natural affinity for each other; combine the three and you really have something special. These little bites have their flavor kicked up even more with the addition of garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 12 tartlets

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites

Ingredients

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter

1 sheet (1/2 pound) frozen puff pastry, thawed in the fridge overnight
1 large leek
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 strips turkey bacon, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter
1 scallion, white and light green parts, thinly sliced (for garnish)

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface to a 9- by 12-inch rectangle; make 3 cuts lengthwise and 4 cuts across so that you end up with 12 small squares. Press each square of pastry into a mini muffin cup. Cover the muffin tray with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge to chill while you make the filling.

2. Remove the 1 to 2 outer leaves from the leek and trim off the stem end and the dark green portion. Quarter the leek lengthwise, and then thinly slice it. Rinse it thoroughly under cold running water to remove any sand, then drain and set aside.

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites - Quarter the leek lengthwise, and then thinly slice it

3. Heat the butter and oil in a medium skillet over medium heat; add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the leek and cook until softened, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the water and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits off the bottom; cook until the water is evaporated, about 1 minute. Turn off heat and stir in the peanut butter.

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites - Stir in the leek and cook until softened, about 6 to 8 minutes

4. Fill the pastries with about 1 tablespoon of filling each (you will have about 3 tablespoons of filling leftover – it’s delicious spread on toast), and bake until the pastries are puffed and golden, about 20 to 24 minutes. Sprinkle scallion on top and serve.

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites - Fill the pastries with about 1 tablespoon of filling each

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites - bake until the pastries are puffed and golden

Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites - Sprinkle scallion on top and serve

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

Faith pairs bacon and leeks with peanut butter to create these little bites. What other savory combo would work well here with the peanut butter?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Old Fashioned Smooth, the peanut butter used in this recipe!

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
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– Winner(s) will have until 8/31/12 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter ($5 value). Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
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27 Responses to Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites

  1. Mitch says:

    Grilled chicken with a spicy thai peanut sauce would make them great!

  2. Kari says:

    Gruyere cheese and Peanut Butter! Great Combo!

  3. gerry davison says:

    i like putting these with jab and banans=as on whole wheat then i put them in a sandwicu warmer which preses the side and encloses it ,sometimes i will add honey in them. thanks so much

  4. Lori C. says:

    I’ve never had leeks before. Definitely looking forward to trying these yummy bites! Hubby makes a delicious stir fry sauce made with peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic cloves, & crushed red pepper flakes.

  5. Dee Kaye says:

    Interesting…the closest I’ve come to a savory treat with peanut butter so far is peanut butter & bacon sandwiches. They do taste good! I’ll have to try this recipe.

  6. Francisco says:

    Pancetta with a peanut butter and basil pesto

  7. Barb C says:

    Love the idea of Peanut Butter with the bacon…. going to try this one this weekend! I would like to try it with Fresh Mozzarella and imported prosciutto, and a bit of roasted pepper. Yum!

  8. Alyssa says:

    Peanut butter, figs, a little honey, and gorgonzola dolce…sounds strange I know but try it!

  9. megan says:

    I would use peanut butter with my stir fries. I would coat my tofu with peanut butter and peanut and broil it while I fried the vegetables in peanut butter instead of oil

  10. Emily says:

    I love peanut butter in anything Asian inspired. I’d use it in a stir fry!

  11. BeadedTail says:

    These look so good! Maybe something like a shrimp with thai peanut sauce would be good too!

  12. Jackie says:

    My husband makes mini pb blt sandwiches – bet that would work well here! So PB, lettuce, tomato, and turkey bacon.

  13. DRTVrMoi says:

    Peanut butter, panchetta & asparagus. Excellent appetizer. Just roll and broil

  14. Hope says:

    I love using peanut butter in stir fry!

  15. Danene Beedle says:

    This sounds delicious! Although slightly sweet what about peanut butter, goat cheese and fig jam? I think it could really work!

  16. Billie Jean says:

    Hmmmm, the only savory meal that I’ve every had with peanut butter was when I wasn’t vegan! I use to toast cinnamon raisin bread and put peanut butter and jam on each piece and then sandwich an over easy egg with a little bit of salt and pepper between! That’s all that comes to mind now…

  17. foodandfandom says:

    I’ve never tried peanut butter in a savory dish – yet. This sounds delicious though, I might try it!

  18. Makayla says:

    Vermont aged cheddar cheese with a mixture of grilled veggies

  19. Judi says:

    chicken wings with a spicy peanut sauce.

  20. Carolsue says:

    Peanut butter and soba noodles are yummy
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  21. jeff b says:

    Peanut butter on graham crackers…yum!

  22. cathy j says:

    Peanut butter on celery sticks!

  23. Michelle Hill says:

    I had never thought about pairing bacon with peanut butter but I’m sure its awesome especially using Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter!

  24. Lori C. says:

    Peanut Butter. Bacon. What’s not to love?!

  25. megan kupres says:

    peanut butter crusted tofu with any flavor except the chocolate one would be fantastic

  26. bren says:

    Looks very yummy, can’t wait to add it to my nye appetizers!

  27. JoAn says:

    Can’t wait to make these, but need that peanut butter, please, 🙂

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Peanut Butter, Bacon, & Leek Bites