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Parmesan Puff-Pastry Straws

Simple, yet elegant, these crisp yet airy straws can be made days ahead of time, making this an ideal party snack.

  • yield: Makes 2 dozen

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Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • 1 package (14 ounces) puff pastry, preferably Dufour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

  2. Step 2

    On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll puff pastry into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. With the long side facing you, lightly brush bottom half of rectangle with some of the beaten egg. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Parmesan and the salt on top half. Fold bottom half over top half. Gently roll dough to seal.

  3. Step 3

    Cut rectangle lengthwise into thirds. (You should have three 2-by-16-inch strips.) Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan on 1 strip, poppy seeds on another, and cayenne on remaining strip. Cut each strip lengthwise into eight 1/4-by-16-inch strips.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer strips to baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Working with 1 strip at a time, hold each end with your fingers, and carefully twist strip in opposite directions, forming a spiral. Press ends of strips against parchment to prevent unraveling. Freeze or refrigerate until strips are very firm and cold, about 15 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Bake 1 sheet at a time, rotating halfway through, until straws are golden brown and cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer straws to wire racks, and let cool.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

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