Savoury dessert recipes: 20 Best Savory Desserts – Insanely Good

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20 Best Savory Desserts – Insanely Good

You may be asking yourself, “Why savory desserts?!” Well, why not?! 

Savory desserts give you the best of both worlds. You’ll get all the lightness and sweetness of proper desserts, but there’s more

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That ‘more’ may come in something spicy like jalapenos or something delicious and salty like bacon.

Either way, it adds a whole other level of yumminess to an already tasty treat.

If you’ve refrained from trying savory desserts in the past, now is your chance to rectify that.

With this list, I’ve given you 20 options for some of my favorite not-so-sweet sweet treats. 

Hopefully, they’ll become some of your new favorites, as well. 

It’s hard to beat a traditional apple pie, but have you ever tried an apple cheddar cheese pie?! 

It gives you all the delicate sweetness and tartness of homemade apple pie but with the rich savoriness of cheddar cheese.  

The crust is crispy, light, and buttery, and the filling of brown and white sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon is perfect for those cool fall months.

It’s warm, sweetly tart, and incredibly filling. 

What’s better than sweet, exceptionally creamy homemade ice cream? Sweet, exceptionally creamy homemade ice cream with a kick, of course!

It gives you a brilliant yellow color and a custard-like texture that everyone will enjoy. And the white chocolate drizzle?

That’s just a bonus, and what a delicious bonus it is!

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Thanks to the jalapeno peppers, this delightful ice cream is cool and refreshing, but it also has plenty of heat. 

The addition of Greek sea salt adds a bit of saltiness that gives you the perfect sweet and salty combo, as well. 

Best of all, it takes only 2 minutes to prepare and another 30 to make, and that includes churn time.  

If you’re looking for fantastic homemade ice cream that doesn’t take hours to make, this recipe is the one for you.

Honestly, I prefer this chocolatey treat under its other name – bacon chocolate crack. I just feel like it describes it better because it is 100% addictive. 

You can whip these up in a little over an hour with only six ingredients – saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar, semisweet chocolate chips, bacon, and sea salt.

Each piece is a salty, crunchy, chocolatey-bacon masterpiece. 

This “dessert” is the place where lemon cake meets cornbread, and yes, it’s just as phenomenal as it sounds. 

Dense and crumbly, with bold lemon and vanilla flavors, you won’t know whether to serve this for dessert or with milk as a light but filling snack.

If you’re a fan of bacon, maple syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate, sugar, and more, you’ll love these bacon brownies. 

They’re entirely decadent and have the perfect mixture of sweet and salty, soft and gooey, but with a wonderful crunch from the bacon.  

They’ll definitely give you a bit of a sugar rush when you eat them, but that won’t stop you from coming back for seconds, thirds, and maybe even fourths.

These crunchy, nutty cookies are ideal if you’re looking for a dessert that’s still a dessert but not overly sweet. 

The vanilla and honey add lightness to them, but the tahini, almond flour, and sesame seeds help balance that out with something more savory and hearty. 

Also, you can make more than a dozen in a little over 20 minutes, and that’s pretty hard to beat.

If you prefer desserts that are tart and tangy to sweet and sugary, you have to try this blueberry, goat cheese, and basil pie.

It’s a little like blueberry cobbler if you were to add herbs and the complex taste of goat cheese. 

To be honest, it’s a little hard to describe, but if you like things with multi-layered flavors, you’ll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

In case you haven’t realized it already, I may be a bit partial to bacon and chocolate. If you’ve tried it yourself, you understand.

For this moist, fluffy cake, you’ll take it a step further and add hot coffee to the mix and a rich, peanut butter frosting that you’ll want to put on everything.

Even without the crumbled bacon on top, this cake is one of my all-time favorites. With the bacon, though, it’s nothing short of heavenly.

Once you try jalapeno popper cheesecake, it’s hard to decide what to like better about it – the taste, or the lovely, minty green color on the inside.

Either way, it’s typically cheesecake tangy with more heat than you’d imagine. 

The crust is also spectacular! You’ll make it with bacon, Ritz crackers, cheddar cheese, and butter, and it’s unlike any crust you’ve ever tried.

This “dessert” is undoubtedly more savory than sweet, but people will love it anyway.

This dish may look like a giant pot of creamed corn, but it’s actually golden rice pudding made with turmeric, coconut milk, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, maple syrup, water, and pepper.  

It has a mildly tropical taste that’s somewhat offset by the pepper and the maple syrup. It’s rich, more savory than sweet, and unimaginably filling. 

Whether you eat it for dessert or breakfast, you won’t be disappointed.

These crispy, buttery scones may just be the best you’ve ever had. They’re tender and flaky on the outside with warm, soft, cheesy centers.

They’re sweeter than you might imagine, especially since they contain buttermilk and an entire cup of feta cheese.

And they have a spectacular tartness that’ll have you forgoing sweet desserts for the rest of your life. 

Just about any 5-year-old can tell you that nothing goes better with salty potato chips than chocolate. 

These potato chip clusters combine the two, along with pecans and sprinkles, for a sweet and salty treat that you won’t be able to put down anytime soon. 

I’ll be honest, even I was hesitant to try a blueberry grilled cheese. It just sounded so weird and unappetizing.  

However, I started thinking about how much I love mixing fruit and sweet confections like caramel with brie.

Finally, I decided to give it a chance, and I’m so glad I did.

All you’ll need for this simple, four-ingredient recipe is bread, butter, brie, and your favorite berries. (I stick with blueberries.) 

You can also add sharp cheddar, but the sandwich tastes just as awesome without it.

The whole thing is sweet, nutty, tangy, and tart. Plus, it has all the buttery goodness you love in a grilled cheese.

You probably don’t think of cheddar and chives when you think of desserts, but they’re the perfect pair.

Although there’s nothing inherently sweet about either of those ingredients, there isn’t much that I don’t love if you cover it in cheese and chives, and these buttery scones are no exception.

They may be more like side items than dessert, but give them a try.

I promise you’ll be ready to indulge in them just like you would any bar of chocolate or piece of cake.

These may not fit on the list as well as some of the other options; after all, they’re pretty much just spectacular fruit pies.

However, you’ll make each one with a salty, crunchy pretzel crust that kicks it into a whole new level of awesomeness. 

If you love berries, pretzels, and cream cheese, these may be your new favorite desserts.

Bacon doesn’t just go well with chocolate, peanut butter, and maple syrup; it also pairs perfectly with bananas.

(Don’t believe me? Just check out Elvis’ favorite foods!)

These cupcakes are light, moist, and have the perfect amount of spice, bananas, and brown sugar.

And that’s before you get to the peanut butter/bacon frosting and bourbon drizzle.

If you like your sweets supremely decadent with just a hint of salty savoriness, these cupcakes will have you drooling.

These gorgeous bars are as pretty to look at as they are tasty to eat. 

With a rich, vibrant yellow layer and a creamy white one on top of that, they look like something you’d get at an upscale bakery.

Instead, you can make them yourself in less than 30 minutes with only 10 ingredients.

In addition to being yummy and lovely, they’re also vegan-friendly and gluten- and dairy-free.

Finally, they’re packed with pure lemon flavor that’s perfect for the warmer months of the year.

This recipe had me at the phrase “no-churn,” but “four-ingredient” and “ice cream” also helped. 

With nothing more than whole milk, condensed milk, heavy cream, basil leaves, and a drop of green food coloring, you can make this beautiful, minty ice cream in about 35 minutes.

It’s lightly sweet and leaves your mouth tasting insanely fresh after eating it. With or without a cone, you can’t go wrong with basil ice cream.

Close your eyes and imagine biting into a sweet, crunchy, fluffy bite of caramel corn. Now imagine enjoying a handful of salty bacon to go with it. 

Sounds too good to be true, right? Not with this recipe.

It gives you everything you want from traditional caramel corn and adds bacon! I’m sorry, but there is nothing there not to love.

Trend… Savoury desserts | Sainsbury`s Magazine

Forget sugary sweet – forward-thinking chefs across the UK are making their desserts spicy, salty and herby!

We’ve noticed more and more restaurants and bakeries infusing traditional dessert items with savoury ingredients to create new and unexpected flavour pairings.

From parsnip and white chocolate cream to Stilton and apricot cheesecake, here’s our pick of the best on offer.

Chocolate bread and olive oil

At aqua nueva in London, head chef Alberto Hernandez has a range of sweet/savoury desserts, including matured goat’s cheese ice cream with tomato and vanilla compote, an olive cake with strawberries and pan con chocolate y aceite (chocolate, bread and olive oil), pictured above. He told us the inspiration comes from his childhood in Spain:

‘My grandmother used to pick me up from school and instead of bringing me a snack of chorizo, she would bring me chocolate and bread. This is a traditional treat in Spain and, while developing my dessert, I decided to add salt and olive oil to the dish to add a complex taste to the diners palate.’

Buttermilk with butternut squash

Bending all the rules is the butternut squash dessert at Fera at Claridges.

The tasty treat is made up of buttermilk custard, a crispy, aerated squash cake and a blood orange gel.

Executive head chef Dan Cox told us that he always likes to use vegetables in a dessert as the result is never too sweet.

Have a go at making a butternut squash cake at home with this recipe.

Parsnip cream

Fancy a parsnip pud?

Head over to the Grain Store in King’s Cross, where chef Bruno Loubet has created a stunning dessert of parsnip and white chocolate cream, puffed quinoa nougatine and matcha tea citrus gel.

He trialled the dish during his Grain Store Unleashed pop-up at The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell, and it was so popular he decided to keep it on the menu, where it has proven equally popular.

Ricotta cheesecake

Care for some cheese with your chocolate? At Bocca di Lupo in the heart of Soho, head chef Jacob Kenedy often pairs ricotta with the sweet treat.

‘I love desserts with savoury notes – be they the more familiar ones like citrus, nuts or black pepper in gelato, or the more macabre sanguine aftertaste of pigs blood in my sanguinaccio – ‘really’ black pudding. I work with ricotta so much in desserts that I regard it no more as savoury than I do sweet and I especially like the subtle hay-like nuance of sheep’s milk ricotta.’

Basil and chilli ice cream

London’s La Gelatiera are famous for their unusual flavours. Look out for the seasonal specials, such as basil and chilli (pictured), porcini chocolate cream (mushroom and dark chocolate) and the watercress and lime flavour.

If that’s all a bit much for you, their matcha (green tea) flavoured ice cream is said to be one of the best in the city.

Stilton cheesecake

The Palomar in Soho is serving a Stilton cheesecake with apricot coulis.

The restaurant say they wanted to twist the classic combination of cheese after a meal and create a dish that would complement both savoury and sweet elements.

Meaty cocktails

And it seems the trend for savoury flavours extends to cocktails and mocktails, too, with the introduction of the ‘Bil and Tonic’ at Seven at Brixton bar.

The mocktail combines Cruga Biltong-infused sugar syrup with zesty lemon and lime and is topped with earthy Cinchona Tonic Water and a peppered beef rim!

The London Cocktail Club has given their Whisky Sour a savoury twist with its Bacon and Egg Martini. The cocktail mixes Jack Daniels with smoked bacon, egg white, maple syrup, lemon juice and a dash of bitters.

30 Puff Pastry Recipes: Savory and Dessert Ideas

With its delicate flaky layers and melt-in-the-mouth, buttery flavour, puff pastry adds a touch of home-baked heaven to anything from canapés to hearty pies to fruit tarts and mille-feuille. If you’re in need of some baking inspiration, take a look at some of our favourite puff pastry recipes from around the internet.

Savoury ideas

Appetisers

Parmesan Twists: irresistible but oh-so-simple to make, these savoury sticks from Delish are the perfect pre-meal nibbles to enjoy with an aperitif.

Beef Wellington bites: impress your dinner guests with these bite-sized savouries from Delish. Simple, elegant and full of flavour, they’re a great start to any special meal.

Broccoli and cheddar hand pies: another savoury delight from Delish, these dainty broccoli and cheddar pies are the ideal vegetarian-friendly appetiser.

Onion brie appetisers: these pretty, swirl-shaped pastry bites from Taste of Home are the perfect mouthful of light, crispy pastry, savoury onion and creamy brie.

Mediterranean tomato bites: with tomato, basil, olives and feta, these summery canapés from Taste of Home are bursting with the flavours of the Mediterranean.

Spinach and Feta Tarte Soleil: made to be shared with friends, this Greek-inspired centrepiece from Basically works well as both an appetiser or a snack.

Lunch 

Puff Pastry Mango and Pear Parcels with Gorgonzola: one of our own recipes from here at Fine Dining Lovers, these elegant tartlets have real gourmet appeal. Salty, creamy Gorgonzola and savoury onion balance beautifully with tropical mango and mellow pear, so every bite is a treat for the tastebuds. 

Puff pastry baked eggs: these easy, four-ingredient tarts from Just a Taste are the perfect, no-effort brunch, ideal for when friends call round unannounced.

Puff pastry chicken potpie: hearty, warming and full of flavour, this home-cooked pie from Taste of Home is the ultimate nourishing comfort food 

Fontina asparagus tart: simple but sophisticated, this vegetarian-friendly tart from Taste of Home is ready in just 35 minutes for a quick and tasty lunch.

Dinner

Turkey breast puff pastry: another elegant and delicious dish from Fine Dining Lovers, this recipe is perfect as the main event at any celebration meal. Treat your dinner guests to tender turkey breast in a creamy mushroom and herb sauce, all surrounded by delicate layers of puff pastry. 

Provolone and beef pastry pockets: the smart way to use leftover pot roast, these pastry pockets from Taste of Home are sure to be a new family favourite.

Butternut, Kale and Cashew Squares: these pastry squares from Taste of Home are full of comforting fall flavours, with mellow butternut squash, bitter kale and salty bacon.

Reuben hand pies: the perfect winter warmer, this gourmet pie from Delicious Magazine is all about bold flavours, with salty corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese.

Puff Pastry Chicken and Leek Casserole: make your favourite creamy chicken casserole into a pie with this simple but satisfying dish from All Recipes.

For more savoury pastry ideas, take a look at our selection of ultimate quiche recipes.

Sweet recipes

Puff pastry cinnamon rolls with maple icing: these super-simple cinnamon rolls from Brown Sugar Food Blog come topped with an irresistible maple glaze and chopped pecans.

Chocolate puff pastry twists: another quick and easy treat from Just a Taste, these five-ingredient chocolate twists are an indulgent snack you can make in minutes.

Blueberry galette dessert: this French-inspired dessert from I Am Baker is both simple and elegant, and can be customised to include your favourite seasonal fruits.

Simple cherry pastry pies: if you can never resist that extra slice of cherry pie, you’ll love these personal-sized pastries from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Cream horn trubochki: these festive cream horns from Natasha’s Kitchen are great for parties, and they can even be made a few days in advance.

Apricot and cardamom tarte tatin: these elegant fruit tarts from Olive Magazine are great for dinner parties, and taste great with a scoop of homemade vanilla chai ice cream.

Russet and rum tarte tatin: another show-stopping fruit tart from Olive Magazine, this recipe is a boozy gourmet take on a classic caramel and apple tart.

Blueberry and mascarpone slice: sweet sophistication in just 35 minutes, this simple summer dessert from Olive Magazine can be partially prepared in advance for quick assembly on the night.

Puff pastry danishes: these irresistible bite-sized treats from Taste of Home are sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Peanut butter chocolate puff pastry pop tarts: the ultimate in puff pastry decadence, these peanut butter and chocolate pop tarts from Phenomenal Phoods are pure indulgence.

Raspberry buttercream mille feuille: these pretty French-inspired dainties from Rock Recipes are so simple to make, but look like they were prepared by a pastry chef.

Puff pastry apple galette: another apple galette recipe, this time from What’s Gaby Cooking? Delicious served with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.

Galaxy puff pastry ‘donuts’: these adorable star-shaped ‘donuts’ by Vintage Kitty are so much fun, and make perfect party food.

Cheats brown butter salted maple pecan sticky buns: use pre-made puff pastry to make these decadent sticky buns from Half Baked Harvest

Chocolate hazelnut Napoleons: this sumptuous dessert from Epicurious may take a little time to make, but the results are truly spectacular. The perfect end to a celebration dinner.

Easiest puff pastry recipes

If you’re new to baking, try one of these extra easy puff pastry recipes. They’re great for when you want to make sure nothing goes wrong, or for introducing little ones to the world of baking.

Puff pastry pizza: our simple homemade pizza recipe uses pre-made puff pastry as a ‘cheat’ for pizza dough, making a light, flaky base that’s halfway between a pizza and a savoury tart. Like any pizza, it’s super customisable, so you can personalise it with all your favourite toppings.

Sweet savoury cheesy bacon wrapped puff pastry twist: these sweet and savoury treats from Half Baked Harvest make the perfect festive party food, and preparing them couldn’t be simpler.

Gruyere and courgette tart: this elegant tart from Delicious Magazine is a simple celebration of the flavours of summer, and takes just 15 minutes hands-on preparation.

Blueberry almond tart: these delicious yoghurt and blueberry desserts from Gimme Some Oven take just 25 minutes to make, and can even be customised to include other berries or chopped fruit.

Cupcakes Made With Chicken Popcorn? KFC Shares This Make-At-Home Savoury Dessert Recipe

Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, we are once again locked down at home. Several states have imposed lockdowns, night curfews etc to stop people from stepping out unnecessarily and curb the spread. This emergency situation has affected most of us emotionally; this is why it is important to keep ourselves entertained and cheerful while staying at home. Last year (during the 2020 lockdown), we saw cooking as one of the major modes of entertainment for all. People experimented and went creative with various recipes. And some of those recipes like dalgona coffee, banana bread and pancake cereal went viral too.

During our research for such unique recipes, we came across popcorn chicken cupcakes. Yes, you heard us. It is a savoury dessert made with crispy chicken popcorns. Fast-food chain KFC unveiled this recipe on their KFC Australia YouTube channel. Baker Morgan Hipworth, from Melbourne, created this original recipe with KFC popcorns, potato and gravy, cornmeal, plain flour, baking powder, canned creamed corn, eggs and milk. For the unversed, 20-year-old Morgan Hipworth is a celebrity chef-turned-entrepreneur and founder of Bistro Morgan, who created a million-dollar empire at just 19.

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“We challenged baking prodigy Morgan Hipworth to create an original recipe inspired by KFC and boy did he deliver,” read the description of the almost 2-minute video on the KFC YouTube channel. Let’s find out the recipe.

How To Make Popcorn Chicken Cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 180-degree Celsius.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, caster sugar and salt and mix.

3. Add melted butter, milk, eggs, creamed corn and give everything a good mix. Make a smooth and fluffy batter.

4. Pour the batter evenly in cupcake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

5. Garnish with mashed potato and chicken popcorns and serve.

Watch the complete recipe video here:

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