Spiced Cheese Straws

Course : Cheeses
Serves: 1
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2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan -- (about 2 ounces)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 whole puff pastry sheet -- (from one 17 1/4 ounce package frozen puff pastry sheets), thawed and unfolded
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F. and butter 2 large baking sheets. In a bowl toss together Parmesan, spices, and salt. On a lightly floured surface roll out pastry sheet into a 16- by 10-inch rectangle and brush with some egg wash. Cut pastry in half crosswise, forming two 10- by 8-inch rectangles. Sprinkle Parmesan mixture over 1 rectangle and top with other rectangle, egg-wash side down, pressing firmly to force out any air pockets. Roll out pastry slightly to make layers adhere (rectangle should be about 10 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches). Brush pastry with some egg wash and with a sharp large knife or pastry wheel cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide sticks. Arrange cheese straws about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets, pressing ends onto baking sheets. Bake cheese straws in batches in middle of oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer cheese straws to a rack and cool. Cheese straws may be made 2 days ahead and kept in an airtight container. Recrisp cheese straws in a 425F. oven until heated through, about 5 minutes. Makes about 36 cheese straws

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