Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cheddar Puff Pastry Straws

When I lived in Villages of Wellington, our cul de sac had a tradition of trading treats over Christmas if we didn't get together for a progressive dinner.  Have you ever done a progressive dinner?  We were the first to build on Alton Cove, then the others got into their homes in time for our holiday dinner.  Each house hosted a course from appetizer to salad to main course to dessert.  It was a great way to get a peak into each others' homes!  We all ooohed and ahhhed a lot that first year.
My 7 year old Sasha and 9 year old Gianna helped me with this project.  I had always wanted to make these.  My former neighbor Ashley usually made these as her holiday treat to share with the rest of the cove.
She always said they were easy to make, and for this after school snack, I would have to say I agree! 
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed as directed
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • kosher salt
Directions:
  1. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface.
  2. Lightly brush the beaten egg on the lower half of the vertically placed puff pastry sheet.
  3. Scatter the cheese onto the lower half, season with salt, then fold over to let the edges meet.
  4. Roll the sheet out some more, then cut some thin strips out.  (I used a pizza cutter.)
  5. Place a sheet of parchment paper each onto 2 large cookie sheets.
  6. Twirl each strip of puff pastry, then lay onto the parchment paper, pressing the ends to stay secure.
  7. Freeze of refrigerate each tray 15 minutes.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  8. Cook about 12 minutes or until browned.
The basic concept of this recipe came from Martha Stewart.


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