What’s my favorite thing about these cheese straws? The cayenne pepper gives you this slight tickling burn in your mouth after eating one. Ooooo ahhhhhhh =) Such a pleasant little surprise. Oh, and then there’s the buttery, puffy, flaky from-scratch puff pastry and the golden cheese. These cheese straws are really elegant and could easily be served at a swanky party, but make sure you make plenty, as these will disappear quickly. Considering this recipe makes 30+ cheese straws, my friend Jess and I briefly (emphasis on ‘briefly’) considered halving the recipe, but came to the conclusion that we would each eat half, so it’s like making a half recipe =) hehehe. It was a good decision. Here’s how to make them:
1 recipe homemade puff pastry, here, or 2 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 tbsp water
1 cup gruyere or parmigiano regiano, grated
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Roll out the prepared puff pastry until about 1/8 inch thick. Whisk the egg with the water and brush the puff pastry with the egg wash:
Sprinkle the entire surface with the cheese, cayenne, paprika, and salt and pepper. Press the cheese and spices into the puff pastry, and cut 3/4 inch thick strips from the puff pastry with a pizza cutter or bench scraper:
Twist each strip and lay it on the parchment paper lined baking sheet:
Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and puffy, then flip the straws over, and bake for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!