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Parmesan-and-Pepper Sticks

Rose Grapefruit Cocktail, a citrusy drink, is perfect for sipping on a spring evening and pairs well with this easy, crisp snack that can swing savory or sweet.

  • yield: Makes 72
Photography: Romulo Yanes




  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Ground pepper

Cook's Note

Try red-pepper flakes or Manchego cheese in place of the black pepper and Parmesan. For a sweet take, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin; roll out puff pastry to a 10-by-18-inch rectangle. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter, sprinkle with 3 tablespoons Parmesan, and season with pepper. Gently roll over dough to adhere. Flip dough and repeat with more butter, cheese, and pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Cut dough in half lengthwise, then cut each piece into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Arrange in a single layer on two parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until pastry is golden and puffed, about 7 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool completely.

Everyday Food, April 2012