October is PORK MONTH! No better excuse to make a beautiful dish with both ham AND bacon. This pastry ring is fun and easy to make and would be perfect for getting the kids in the kitchen. The best part? It is so pretty it will look like it took you hours!
Ham and Bacon Pastry Ring
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1 cup cooked ham, diced
½ cup chive and onion cream cheese spread, softened
2 Tbs. Caesar salad dressing
1 apple, skin on, seeded and chopped
½ cup red grapes, halved
¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls, 8 oz. each
Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 Tbs. water)
¼ cup chopped cooked bacon
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In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese spread with Caesar dressing; add ham, apple, grapes, and bell pepper, gently stirring until combined; set aside.
Unroll both cans of crescent roll dough and separate dough. Arrange dough triangles onto a greased pizza stone or large baking sheet, placing the shortest side of each triangle at the center, overlapping each one, forming a circle with about a 5 inch opening at the center. (Long points of crescent dough triangles will hang over the edges of pizza stone.) Press overlapping dough at center to flatten it out a bit, making the dough thinner and more even.
Spoon prepared mixture evenly around widest part of dough. Gently pull each dough triangle up and over the filling, tucking these points underneath the dough edge at the center, allowing some filling to be visible in between the dough triangles.
Using a pastry brush, brush dough with prepared egg wash. Bake pastry in preheated 375 degree F. oven, on center rack, uncovered, for 25-28 minutes, or until nicely golden brown.
Remove pastry from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Gently use a large spatula to loosen pastry ring from pizza stone, then slide from the pizza stone to a platter.
Sprinkle pastry ring with warm, chopped bacon, then slice to serve.
It’s a busy time of year as the farmers are bringing in the crops (so we can soon have them on the table), so be sure to share the road and give a friendly wave!
Now, You’re Cookin!,
**This recipe was featured as part of Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen on MomsEveryday Kansas and WIBW 13 News, September 2015. Special thanks to the farmers and ranchers of the Kansas Farm Food Connection for making this segment possible.
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