Take-out Tuesday, Last Minute Party Braid!

As we count down to Christmas, 3 days away,

this last minute appetizer is perfect for holiday gatherings

It makes a pretty presentation and guess what?

It’s actually very easy to put together


You can adapt the recipe to use ingredients you already have!

If you have a sheet of puff pastry,

you can work magic!

I try to keep puff pastry in my freezer

and I always have blue cheese and bacon in the fridge

and nuts in the pantry…

I also had a sweet onion and a jar of fig jam

I will give you variation ideas at the end of the post

Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry on a piece of parchment paper

Roll it out a little to make a thinner dough

and spread a layer of fig jam down the center section

Top the jam with caramelized onions

Sprinkle blue cheese over the onions

Next add walnuts


Cut the dough on the sides into 1 inch strips

Fold the dough on the end up over the filling

and bring each cut strip up and over dough at a slight angle,

alternating side to side

Brush with beaten egg for a glossy dough

and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until golden

Last Minute Party Braid

This sweet and savory puff pastry braid is full of bacon, walnuts, blue cheese, onions and fig jam. It is perfect for a last minute appetizer for gatherings because it can not only be assembled in minutes, it makes such a pretty party presentation. The filling can also be varied in numerous ways for your taste or what you have on hand!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices


  • parchment paper


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup fig jam
  • 3/4 cup caramelized onions
  • 1/2 cup walnuts I used candied walnuts
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 3-4 slices bacon, cooked and torn into pieces
  • 1 egg beaten with a Tbsp of water


  • Place pastry dough on a piece of parchment paper and roll out a little to thin dough
  • Spread fig jam in an even layer down the center 1/3 of pastry, leaving a 1/2 in border on each end
  • Top jam with onions and sprinkle with blue cheese
  • Place walnuts on top of cheese and nuts, then top with bacon pieces
  • Cut dough from filling to edges in 1 inch intervals
  • fold dough over the bottom of filling then begin folding dough strips over filling at a slight angle, alternating side to side to form braid.
  • Braid can be wrapped in the parchment paper and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking if desired.
  • Brush beaten egg over braid
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes until dough is golden
  • Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into 1 inch pieces


*substitute crescent roll dough or sheet, or pizza dough for puff pastry if desired.  Reduce baking temperature to 375 for crescent roll dough and cooking time may be shorter so check during baking. If using pizza dough bake at 400 and check often, time will depend on type and thickness of dough
Keyword bacon, blue, & fig pastry, party pastry braid, puff pastry appetizer, puff pastry braid

Here’s a printable list of braid filling variations

Here is another puff pastry braid recipe, Yummy Mummy

filled with bacon, asparagus, mayonnaise and cheese

It’s made with a crescent roll dough sheet

You can also use pizza dough to make a braid


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25 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Last Minute Party Braid!”
  1. That filling is bomb, Jenna! i would eat the filling spoonful and before I realized it, it would be all gone!

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    All the fillings sound wonderful and the braid looks awesome. This will steal the show at any party table! Have you ever considered teaching a cooking class? If you ever do, sign me up!

  3. BERNADETTE says:

    This is right up my alley. I make fig jam in early fall and I am always on the lookout for uses. Definitely making this.

  4. Judee says:

    I’ve never used puff pastry, but I can see it’s a really handy item to keep on hand. Your braid looks festive and delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Holidays.

  5. I love puff pastry and you always have the best recipes using it. This looks delicious, Jenna. Merry Tuesday, enjoy these last few days before Christmas!

  6. Gotta have puff pastry in the freezer! This looks great Jenna!

  7. Fancy ingredients! To this day I still haven’t tried fig jam, gonna have to correct that! Happy Christmas Week Jenna-enjoy:@)

  8. Kitty says:

    That looks yummy, Jenna! We all need easy and delicious right now. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ❤️

  9. This is brilliant, and it looks like it’s a difficult recipe. You make it seem simple! I think my family would love it. Merry Christmas, Jenna!

  10. Mary says:

    Looks beautiful and so tasty Jenna! I hope you’re wrapping up your Christmas preparations and setting sail for a jolly holiday. ♥

  11. lghiggins says:

    I like all of your many variations–fun and delicious!

  12. Jenna, looks like an easy appetizer to put together. I love using puff pastry. The possibilities are endless. I love how pretty it looks.

  13. Miz Helen says:

    It was our pleasure to feature your post on Full Plate Thursday, 569! Hope you have the very best in 2022!
    Miz Helen

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