Quick Cheese Straws

When making a recipe that calls for frozen puff pastry, such as Chicken Potpie, be sure to save any leftover scraps -- they're perfect for making these crisp, cheesy twists!

  • Yield: Makes about 16
Quick Cheese Straws

Photography: Sang An

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 14 ounces high-quality store-bought puff pastry, such as Dufour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated medium-fine (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry dough to a 12 1/2-by-9 1/2-inch rectangle; trim edges.

  2. Brush beaten egg over dough until well moistened. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese and a pinch of salt over lower half of dough. Fold top half of dough over cheese-covered half. Gently press to seal.

  3. Brush top of dough with beaten egg. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and a pinch of salt, and gently press to adhere. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, trim edges, and cut dough into 1/4-by-12-inch strips. Twist into spirals. Space 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets. Press ends onto sheets to prevent straws from straightening. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.

  5. Bake until golden and cooked through, 15 to 16 minutes. Loosen straws from sheets with a thin spatula; transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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