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Puff Pastry Cheese Straws with White Cheddar and Black Pepper

Chelsea Kram – XO&So: Vegetarian Comfort Food
These puff pastry cheese straws with white cheddar and black pepper are excellent for an easy appetizer option or for dipping in soup! And did I mention you only need five ingredients to bring them to life?
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 10
Calories 203 kcal

Equipment

  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet
  • Pastry brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Cheese grater

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet puff pastry defrosted but still cold to the touch, 10 x 10-inches
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1⅓ cup white cheddar cheese shredded
  • pinch of salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure your oven rack is in the middle of the oven. 
    Beat one egg in a bowl with one tablespoon of water until it's mixed well and pale yellow in color. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle your counter with a small handful of flour and then sprinkle 1/3 cup of the shredded cheddar on top of the flour.
  • Next, use your hands to gently unroll the sheet of puff pastry onto the flour/cheese mixture. Brush the whole sheet with the egg wash. (Set aside the remaining egg wash, you'll use it again in a minute)
  • Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese on the top half of the puff pastry, then sprinkle the black pepper evenly over top (and a pinch of salt, if using).
  • Pull the bottom half of the puff pastry up over the top, folding it in half.
    Now take your rolling pin, and gently roll the folded puff pastry until it's about twice as big as it was before.
  • Now, using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut the puff pastry into 8-10 strips.*
  • Grab the top and bottom of each strip, and gently twist each one. Place it on the parchment paper. Repeat for all of the strips. 
    Take your remaining egg wash and brush each twist again. Add a few more grinds of black pepper. 
  • Bake the cheese straws for 20-24 minutes (make sure to start checking them around the 20 minute mark), or until they're flaky and golden or cooked to your liking. Thicker straws will take longer.

Notes

*If you make thicker strips, they'll need to bake for a few more minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 178IUCalcium: 114mgIron: 1mg
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