Fried-Egg-and-Bacon Puff Pastry Squares
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package), thawed
- All-purpose flour, for rolling
- 10 large eggs, divided
- 1 tsp water
- 9 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
- Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface, and roll out into a 12-inch square. Prick pastry all over with a fork. Cut into thirds to yield three 4-inch-wide strips, then cut strips crosswise into thirds (you should have nine 4-inch squares). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with rack in top position.
- Lightly beat 1 egg with water. Brush top of pastry squares with egg wash; place 2 pieces (1 slice) bacon on each square. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden brown and bacon is cooked through and crisp around edges, 15 to 18 minutes.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Crack 3 eggs into skillet, and cook until whites are set and golden brown along edges but yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes. Place 1 egg on top of each of 3 pastry squares, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter, and loosely cover with foil. In 2 more batches, cook remaining 6 eggs in remaining 2 tablespoons butter, transfer to pastry squares, and season. Garnish with chives, and serve immediately.
Cook's Note: This impressive breakfast sandwich scales up easily for a crowd. To make it, simply layer bacon on store-bought puff pastry, bake, and top with a fried egg. A garnish of chopped fresh chives adds a bright note.
Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2013
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