Monday, December 6, 2010

Cheese Straws



I don't even know how to begin to explain to you how much I love this recipe- so I'll start with my husband.  If I were to tell you my husband loved this recipe, it would be an understatement.  Here's why: 1.  I left the house for a few hours after baking these and came home to an empty plate...  2.  My husband pleaded with me not to give away the hidden stash I had reserved for my mom...  3. After eating the last straw he asked me if they were hard to make and if I could make more... you know you've made a good dish when you get a reaction like this!

To my surprise, he may have enjoyed them even more than I did.   That's difficult to do considering I've been dying to make these for months.  I first saw the recipe on Smitten Kitchen, then Martha Stewart , and finally one by Ina Garten.  This beautiful recipe kept popping up and I finally decided it was time to give it a try! Ina has never failed me so I decided to go with her full proof recipe for my first cheese straw experience and I'm so happy I did!

Now for my reasons why I love this recipe: 1. They're extremely easy to make and can be made a day ahead 2. They taste delicious and 3. They have a stunning presentation.  This dish can be made in just a few easy steps the day before your party, leaving you with one appetizer you don't have to worry about the day of!  The flavors are subtle yet powerful.  The mix of cheeses and pop of fresh thyme with flaky puff pastry nearly melts in your mouth!  Whether you're throwing a cocktail party, large family gathering, or small intimate dinner, this appetizer is a great versatile option that every guest will be sure to love!

Recipe Tips
  • I enjoyed these best the next day- if you try to serve them standing up in a vase too soon, they fall over and break.  The next day they were sturdy without tasting any different.
  • These straws are about 14 inches long.  You may want to cut them in half once when you slice them into 12 rows  and serve them in a short cocktail glass. They will remain looking elegant, while being more comfortable for your guests to snack on.


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Then begin with preparing your fresh thyme.  Start by taking your sprig of thyme:


And slide your fingers down the stem.  The leaves will fall off in one clean and easy motion:


Then chop your thyme leaves and set aside:


Next, lightly flour your pastry mat and place one sheet of puff pastry in the center:


Unfold it:


And using a rolling pin, roll it out to 12x10 inches:



Careful not to roll your puff pastry too much because it's already about 8x10 inches when unfolded:


Next, beat your egg and water in a small dish and brush along the entire surface of puff pastry:



Evenly sprinkle the entire surface with 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese:


Then with 1/2 cup of Gruyere cheese:


Sprinkle with your prepared thyme:


 Then finish with a sprinkling of 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few dashes of fresh ground pepper:


With your rolling pin, gently roll over your dough so that the cheese and seasonings are pressed into the puff pastry:


With a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut 12 even strips about 3/4 inches in size:


 Then twist each strip:


And pinch it to secure its shape:


 Lay them on a well greased cookie sheet, with enough room in between each so that they are not touching:



Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.  While your first batch bakes, start on your second with the second sheet of puff pastry, repeating the same steps:


Serve your cheese straws in a decorative vase:



 These are an eye catching appetizer your guests are sure to enjoy!






Cheese Straws
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa 2004
Makes: 24  long straws or 48 short
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
1 box (2 sheets) of Pepperidge Farm frozen puff pastry (allow to defrost in the refrigerator overnight)
flour for dusting 
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper

Directions
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Then begin with preparing your fresh thyme.  Start by taking your sprig of thyme and sliding your fingers down the stem.  The leaves will fall off in one clean and easy motion.  Then chop your thyme leaves and set aside.  Next, lightly flour your pastry mat and place one sheet of puff pastry in the center.  Unfold it and using a rolling pin, roll it out to 12x10 inches.  Careful not to roll your puff pastry too much because it's already about 8x10 inches when unfolded.  Next, beat your egg and water in a small dish and brush along the entire surface of puff pastry.  Evenly sprinkle the entire surface with 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.  Then with 1/2 cup of Gruyere cheese.  Sprinkle with your prepared thyme.  Then finish with a sprinkling of 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few dashes of pepper.  With your rolling pin, gently roll over your dough so that the cheese and seasonings are pressed into the puff pastry.  With a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut 12 even strips about 3/4 inches in size.  Then twist each strip.  And pinch it to secure its shape.  Lay them on a well greased cookie sheet, with enough room in between each so that they are not touching.  Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.  While your first batch bakes, start on your second with the second sheet of puff pastry, repeating the same steps.  Serve your cheese straws in a decorative vase and enjoy!
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34 comments:

  1. I recently made cheese straws with homemade puff pastry dough and I have to admit they are quite addictive.

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  2. My sister-in-law just requested these, i'm totally using this one, thanks for the post!

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  3. What a great thing out at a dinner party! I bet they are very tasty!

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  4. Your husband's comments make these a must try!! My family will love them, I have no doubt! So glad you posted, I had missed them on both of the other sources! (Aloha!)

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  5. this is awesome!! i really love how easy it is..thanks for sharing this. have a nice day.

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  6. stunning "grissini" I love them! Giorgia

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  7. These look wonderful! I used to do a cheese straw for a salad garnish at one of my restaurants - they became so popular that we ended up scrapping the salad and just selling the straws.

    Thanks for the reminder - I loved them as well :)

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  8. Next time I need an appetizer, I will make these! They look perfectly wonderful :)

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  9. These look so delicious and easy too. I'll definitely have to make. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. They look fabulous! Saving the recipe.

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  11. These look great! They must be if you husband finished an entire plate in only a few hours! I think that is the best compliment you can get. :-)

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  12. Looks fantastic and delicious,Yum!

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  13. I just finished working out and am ravenous. I want to eat that entire vase-full of cheese straws! I think I remember Ina making those on one of her shows (I love her, too). Looks so sophisticated and tasty!

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  14. Oh, yum yum yum! I was going to make cheese straws for a party next week and think I will try these instead. Good timing!

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  15. I love to give homemade treats as Christmas gifts, and this recipe is perfect for my friends who aren't so keen on the sweets! I'm makin' 'em now!

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  16. These are awesome!!! I love everything that has to do with cheese and bread!!.. Looks fabulous!..

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  17. These look so friggin good that I'm trying to memorize the recipe as I read. That's impressive. I'd totally vote with your husband. Make more! Great job and super step by step photos.

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  18. Oh jeez! Its looking so delish - you're tempting me to eat cheese again!! :)

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  19. Well, it didn't take much convincing for me to want to make these. Cheese, puff pastry ... straws. Yes, I'd like to follow suit soon.

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  20. i love cheese straw in mauritius we called it"baguette fromage" a little bit different from this one ,but i love the use of thyme leaves

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  21. Your cheese straws look so lovely and delicious. It sounds so simple to make, too. I definitely need to try this :)

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  22. Request to make some more, is his praise indeed. These would be so fab to make for a buffet table. I wish I could take a bite of one right now :)

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  23. Hey,

    beautiful cheese straws...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  24. I am a big fan of cheese straws. These look so cheesy, crumbly and delightful!

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  25. Love these! These are the kinds of things I store-buy and love but would never think to make at home. Yet another awesome recipe idea! A perfect snack for the holidays!

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  26. I have a box of the puff pastry at home I did not use and I am making these little suckers...

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  27. Made these this wknd & they were DELICIOUS! I ate all the leftovers the next day! Hope you are having a good holiday & love the new post for homemade vanilla extract.

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  28. Super gorgeous! And between the puff pastry, cheese and thyme a home run in the taste department, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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  29. Thanks for the other cheese recipe and i will to try it.

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  30. this whole blog is making my mouth water. great recipes!

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
    www.thebusybeefamileee.blogspot.com
    twitter:kathblogger

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  31. oh my)))))) this is sooooo simple))))) wow)))) I am going to try tonight!!!!!

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