Cheese Straws

An Easy and Savory Hors D'Oeuvre

Cheese Straws

An Easy and Savory Hors D'Oeuvre

This popular recipe is another reason to keep a package of puff pastry in your freezer and a block of Parmesan on hand.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  2. Break the egg into a small bowl, add the tablespoon of water, and use a fork to combine well.
  3. Dust a clean work surface with 1/4 cup grated cheese.
  4. Unfold the defrosted sheet of puff pastry on top of the cheese, and with a pastry brush, brush the surface with the egg/water combination. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of grated cheese on the top and add a few grinds of fresh pepper to taste. Using a rolling pin, gently roll the dough out, pressing the cheese into the dough, until it is a rectangle of about 10 by 12 inches and about 1/8-inch thick.
  5. Dust with more cheese as needed.
  6. Cut the pastry into long strips, 1/2-inch wide, and give each strip a twist, laying them on a baking sheet that you've lined with parchment paper or else a Silipat pad.
  7. Bake until golden, about 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful to not overbake or burn them.
  8. Cool slightly and then remove from the pan.

If you're not going to serve these soon after baking, store in an airtight container so that they don't get soft.

Tip:  Either Pepperidge Farms -- which is easy to find at the supermarket -- or the more expensive but all-butter Dufour are both good choices for frozen puff pastry. 

Tip:  Try to plan ahead and transfer a sheet of the frozen puff pastry from your freezer to your refrigerator the night before you plan to make these and the dough will have defrosted perfectly.

 

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