There is no better way to impress your guests than with something they think they can only get at a fancy restaurant. These cheese straws are so incredibly easy that you could have your kids or the non-cook in the family help!! Another great aspect of them is that you can use your favorite cheeses, not just the ones that I used.
- 1/2 cup finely shredded Gruyere
- 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 package of puff pastry
- Flour for dusting
Yields about 24 cheese straws
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry using flour to ensure it does not stick to the rolling pin or working surface. At the end, the pastry should be about 16 inches by 24 inches. Exact size is not critical, just make sure it is not super thin.
Prepare your cheese mixture by combining the shredded 1/2 cup of gruyere and 1/4 cup of parmesan. Also, prepare the egg wash by beating 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water.
Brush the entire sheet of puff pastry with the egg wash on the side facing up. Generously sprinkle all of the cheese over the entire sheet. Pat the cheese down firmly into the puff pastry with you hand and then roll over it with the rolling pin to ensure it is adhered as much as possible.
Now cut the puff pastry in half lengwise and begin cutting strips of pastry about one inch thick. Once you have your strips, twist them gently and lay them flat on a baking sheet. Bake them in the over for 10-12 minutes, watching closely so the cheese does not burn. You may need to do this in batches as this makes many cheese straws.
Once they are done, allow for them to cool for a few minutes. Serve either on a dish or in a tall vase or jar for a fun and edible decoration!
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This recipe was modified by from Ina Garten.