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Maple, Fennel & Squash Bites

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Makes

2 dozen

I can’t stop nibbling these flaky squares loaded with harvest ingredients. The frozen puff pastry helps simplify the prep work. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Maple, Fennel & Squash Bites Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups finely cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 1 fennel bulb, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Minced fresh thyme, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add squash and 3 tablespoons maple syrup; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until tender and caramelized. Remove squash; heat remaining butter in skillet. Add fennel and remaining maple syrup; cook and stir 6-8 minutes until tender and caramelized. Return squash to skillet; stir in salt. Remove from heat; refrigerate until cool.
  2. Unfold puff pastry sheets. In a small bowl, whisk egg and water; brush over pastry. Cut each pastry sheet into 12 pieces; place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Spoon 1 tablespoon fennel mixture onto center of each piece. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, rotating baking sheets halfway through cooking. If desired, top with fresh thyme.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 150 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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