These gluten free bacon and cheese turnovers are a copycat recipe of the Greggs wrap… without the gluten! Gooey melted cheese and smoky bacon enveloped in a puff pastry square. Perfect for a comforting afternoon snack!
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Most UK readers will be very familiar with Greggs, for those that are not or reside elsewhere, Greggs is something of a British institution!
It is one of the UK’s largest bakery chains and you can usually hunt a branch down with your nose as the delicious aromas of warm pastries and freshly baked bread waft down the High St.
It really is heavenly! Unless you are Coeliac, have a gluten allergy or need to follow a gluten free diet as most of the products contain it in abundance.
Step forward my gluten free bacon and cheese turnovers! They are a copy cat version of the Greggs bacon and cheese wrap. You can now enjoy this popular tasty snack, which is super easy to make with only 4 ingredients!
If you love pastry as much as I do you may want to check out my other gluten free pastry recipes….
Gluten Free Mini Sausage Rolls with Chutney
Dairy & Gluten Free Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
- Gluten Free Puff Pastry - You can make your own, but the shop bought pastry is so good you may as well save your time! I use Just Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry Sheet as it’s pre rolled and is available in most supermarkets in the UK, however you can buy a block of puff pastry too and roll it out yourself to a thickness of around 1cm.
- Bacon - Back? Streaky? Smoked? Unsmoked? The choice is yours! You will need to pre cook the bacon for a few minutes before adding to the turnover, except if you are using streaky bacon as this will cook in the same time so can be added raw.
- Cheese - I have used a mild cheddar, however again you can use whatever cheese you like! Use a strong cheddar if you prefer more of a cheesy flavour or maybe a red Leicester? If you need to make this recipe dairy free, simply replace with a dairy free cheese like this Violife Original Flavour Grated Cheese.
- Plant Based Milk - This is used in the recipe in place of an egg wash so that the turnover is an egg free recipe, however if you do not need to avoid egg simply whisk up a beaten egg and glaze the pastry with the egg wash. I have used soya milk however any plant based milk would work
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How To Make
Pre-heat oven to 190˚C fan / 210˚c electric / gas mark 6.
Grill or fry the bacon for a few minutes until it has cooked lightly or to your preference. It will finish cooking in the oven once it has been added to the pastry, so you don’t want to fully cook it.
Cut the pre-rolled pastry sheet into 6 equal sized squares. If you want to make smaller turnovers for a party food snack, you can make mini ones by cutting into 8 or 10 squares.
Place a bacon rasher diagonally on each pastry square.
Sprinkle a generous handful of the grated cheese over each rasher of bacon.
Milk wash the corners of the pastry with a pastry brush and fold into the middle, pressing firmly so they stay in place whilst cooking in the oven.
Brush all over the exposed pastry with the milk wash, this helps the pastry to have a crispy golden brown finish whilst cooking.
Place the turnovers on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, leaving enough space for them to puff out a little, 6 should fit nicely on one tray.
Bake in the oven until the pastry is golden and the cheese has melted.
Top Tip! If you are not eating the turnovers fresh from the oven ,leave them to cool on a cooling rack to stop the bottom of the pastry going soggy. No one likes a soggy bottom!
Substitutions & Variations
- Dairy Free - Simply use a dairy free cheese like Violife Original Grated Cheese.
- Vegetarian - Swap the bacon for Quorn Bacon Style Rashers.
- Add some spice? Spread a teaspoon of Dijon mustard over each square of pastry before you put the bacon on. This adds a tangy zing and really ramps up the flavour. Maybe best to leave this out on the kid’s ones though!
These gluten free bacon and cheese turnovers are best eaten fresh from the oven when still warm…. Yum! However they will store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
When you wish to re-heat them, simply pop in the microwave for a minute or so until piping hot or place back in the oven for 10-15 mins at 180˚C. You may want to wrap them in foil to stop the pastry browning even more.
To freeze, place the wraps on a baking tray and freeze for an hour. This stops them sticking together. Once frozen they can be placed in a freezer bag and stored for up to 3 months.
To reheat from frozen, place in a hot oven 180˚C for 20-25 minutes until hot.
The most popular way to eat these wraps is as a snack, however they most certainly can be made into a meal! Why not serve with chips and baked beans for an easy kids tea. You could also serve with a dressed side salad to make this into a lighter lunch.
Due to it being gluten free you will not get as much rise as a regular puff pastry, however this is still a great alternative!
Just rol advise not to roll the pastry any thinner than it is, as this will compress the layers and the pastry won’t rise as much.
Gluten Free Bacon & Cheese Turnovers (Greggs Copycat)
- 1 sheet Just Rol gluten free puff pastry
- 6 rashers bacon
- 150 g mild cheddar cheese Can be substituted for dairy free
- 30 ml soya milk Can be substituted for any plant based milk
- Pre-heat oven to 190˚C fan / 210˚c electric / gas mark 6.
- Grill or fry the bacon for a few minutes until it is lightly cooked or to your preference. It will finish cooking in the oven once it has been added to the pastry.
- Cut the pre-rolled pastry sheet into 6 equal sized squares.
- Place a bacon rasher diagonally on each pastry square.
- Sprinkle a generous handful of the grated cheese over each rasher of bacon.
- Milk wash the corners of the pastry with a pastry brush and fold into the middle, pressing firmly so they stay in place whilst cooking in the oven.
- Brush all over the exposed pastry with the milk wash, this helps the pastry to have a crispy golden brown finish whilst cooking.
- Place the turnovers on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, leaving enough space for them to puff out a little.Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden and the cheese has melted.
Let me know what you think of this recipe!