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Golden baked cheese straws on a black plate with a black linen cloth and a glass of white wine

Cheese straws

Published: May 9, 2022 at 12:15 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Makes 20

These cheese straws are easy to make – use ready-made puff pastry and they'll be on the table in just over half an hour. They're great as pre-dinner snacks or starters, or as tasty nibbles at a picnic

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal97
fat6.7g
saturates3.5g
carbs5.2g
sugars0.3g
fibre0.4g
protein3.9g
salt0.3g
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Make these easy cheese straws, then try our tear and share sausage roll, classic potato wedges and more fun party food recipes.

Ingredients

  • 320g ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 150g strong hard cheese like extra mature cheddar, parmesan or gruyere (or vegetarian alternatives)
  • a pinch paprika or cayenne

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Unravel the pastry, keeping it on the paper it comes with. Brush all over with the beaten egg.

  • STEP 2

    Scatter the cheese all over the egg-washed pastry, then add the paprika or cayenne with a good crack of black pepper and a pinch of salt. Flatten the cheese slightly with your palm to help it stick to the pastry.

  • STEP 3

    Cut the pastry sheet into 2cm-thick strips, and spin each one a few times so they’re spiralled like a corkscrew. Transfer the baking sheet to a flat baking tray and spread out the straws evenly. Use any remaining egg wash to glaze any pastry that isn't covered in cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and well risen. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and serve warm, or cool completely and keep in an airtight container for three days.

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