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From the Kitchen: Cheese Straws

March 11, 2011

I made these delicious cheese straws for our record club last month…they were devoured within minutes. Evan thought they tasted like cheez-its… and you know what? They really did! I used Ina Garten’s recipe, which is incredibly quick and easy…and did I mention DELICIOUS! Seriously, these guys are dangerous. I’m glad I had friends to help me eat them.

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm), defrosted overnight in the refrigerator
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup finely grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll out each sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board until it is 10- by 12-inches. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush the surface of the pastry. Sprinkle each sheet evenly with 1⁄4 cup of the Parmesan, 1⁄2 cup of the Gruyère, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the thyme, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and some pepper. With the rolling pin, lightly press the flavorings into the puff pastry. Cut each sheet crosswise with a floured knife or pizza wheel into 11 or 12 strips. Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffed. Turn each straw and bake for another 2 minutes. Don’t over bake or the cheese will burn. Cool and serve at room temperature.

P.S. More on the record club soon! Enjoy!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurel permalink
    March 11, 2011 2:59 pm

    These look sooooo good! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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