Champagne Cheddar Cheese Straws

Champagne Cheddar Cheese Straws

Makes 24 cheese straws

This festive party snack pairs delightfully with a glass of bubbly. For a fun presentation, arrange the cheese straws in flute-style champagne glasses.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 (14-ounce) package puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Champagne Cheddar (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
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Method: 

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a 14x11-inch rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. Roll pastry up loosely over the rolling pin and unroll onto one of the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes. (If your puff pastry is already close to this size, you can skip these steps of rolling and chilling.)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush entire surface of pastry with egg and sprinkle evenly with grated cheese, pressing gently to adhere cheese to pastry. Mix paprika and cayenne together and sprinkle over cheese.

Cut pastry in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 12 strips (about 1 inch wide). Gently lift each strip, hold both ends and twist in opposite directions 4 or 6 times to make a twist. Put twists on the prepared baking sheets and bake 20 to 23 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden, rotating the baking sheets halfway through baking. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 2 straws, 180 calories (120 from fat), 12g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 6g protein

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