Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Savoury Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

This is a an easy and delicious savoury party appetizer, perfect for the holiday season. A package of frozen puff pastry, some dried herbs and a handful of grated Gruyère and parmesan cheese is all you need to make these Savoury Cheese Straws. I like to fold some cheese into the puff pastry before twisting each strip into straws, which guarantees every bite is full of flavour. Cut the straws into long elegant batons or make them shorter for a more delicate hors d'oeuvre, but "any way you cut it", these crisp, buttery and cheesy appetizers are sure to be a winner at any holiday cocktail party.  

Savoury Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
Makes about 24

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 cup Gruyère or cheddar cheese, finely grated
1 tbsp herbes de provence
1 tbsp Maldon salt

Egg wash:
1 large egg
2 tbsp whole milk

Preheat oven to 400°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to about 8"x10". Sprinkle the
 Gruyère cheese over the pastry, then fold it in half and re-roll it until it's 3/8-inch thick. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into long strips, twist them into spirals, and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Brush with the strips with the wash, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese, followed by the herbes de provence and maldon salt. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Delicious served warm or even at room temperature.

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