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.
- 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
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2008