Cheese Straws Are Easy!

cheese straws

Playa Vista Cooking School Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws

    • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigianino-Reggiano cheese
    • 1/2 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese
    • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional)
    • 1 pound store-bought puff pastry

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses, cayenne pepper and poppy seeds.

Sprinkle a quarter of the cheese mixture onto your work surface and spread thinly. Top with a sheet of puff pastry and then top with another quarter of the cheese, spread evenly. Using a rolling pin, roll lightly but enough to press the mixture into the pastry. Using a pastry cutter, cut ¾ inch thick strips the long way of the rectangle. Grab each end of a strip and quickly twist in opposite directions to create a “twirl” effect. Arrange 1 ½ inches apart on baking sheet.

Place baking sheets into refrigerator to chill about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place chilled baking sheets into oven and bake until golden and puffed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven.  Makes 30 to 45 or so straws, depending upon the width of your slices.

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