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Parmesan Garlic Cheese Straws


Why have I never written about these before in a post?  These are a family favorite as an appetizer and are a snap to make.  They are also - bonus - something you can make when you need an appetizer and have nothing available.  Because if you always keep frozen puff pastry sheets in your freezer (you should) and you always have a hard grating cheese in your fridge (I bet you do), you can totally make these in about an hour and a half from start to finish.   You can also make these ahead of time and stick them in the fridge before baking.  They hold all day in the fridge until you're ready to pop them in the oven. 



You can use a hard cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano.  I also like Pecorino Romano for its sharpness and saltiness, so sometimes I will blend the two cheeses.  Make sure you grate the cheese finely because it will adhere better to the puff pastry.  You can grate this on a box grater, but I like to use a food processor because it's faster. And for such a small amount of cheese, I especially like to use my immersion blender - it has a small bowl attachment with a sharp blade to grind cheeses and nuts and it's perfect for small jobs when my big food processor would be overkill:


There's many different ways people make these, but I like to lay down some cheese on the counter, place the puff pastry sheet on top, lay some more cheese on the puff pastry and then fold the sheet in half.  I lay more cheese on top of that and press it all together with a rolling pin.  Then I just cut into strips with a sharp knife, twist the strips and bake.  If you want to double this recipe, you defrost two sheets instead of one and just lay one sheet on top of the other and follow the same method.  

Hope you enjoy these. 

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Parmesan Garlic Cheese Straws

for a printable recipe, click here

Makes about 14 - 16 cheese straws, depending on how wide you cut them

1 sheet frozen puff pastry
2 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (sometimes I use half Parm and half Pecorino cheese for a sharper taste)
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
⅛ teaspoon onion powder
1 large pinch of fine sea salt


Remove wrapping from the puff pastry sheet and lay out on the counter for about 30 minutes to defrost, until you can open the pastry sheet easily.

While the puff pastry is defrosting, prepare the cheese filling.  You can grate the cheese on the file holes of a hand grater, but I like to do mine in either the food processor or, for such a small amount of cheese, I use my grinder attachment on my immersion blender.  Grind cheese until very fine.  Add the garlic and onion powders and grind until blended.

Line two rimmed baking sheets with baking parchment.  

Sprinkle a third of the cheese mixture on the counter.  Lay the pastry sheet on top.  Sprinkle another third of the cheese on top of the pastry sheet.  Fold the pastry sheet in half, top with the rest of the cheese and press the cheese into the sheet with a rolling pin.  This will also enlarge the pastry size.  

With a very sharp knife, cut the pastry sheet in half vertically and then cut each half into ½ inch strips horizontally.  Twist each strip, rolling in the cheese as you go, and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cheese.  (Save any leftover cheese for another use.)

Refrigerate the pastry for about 30 minutes (puff pastry rises better when cold).  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.  (You can also keep these in the fridge all day until you are ready to bake.  Cover lightly with plastic wrap so they don't dry out.)

Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes, until golden brown.  Serve immediately.  


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Reader Comments (9)

This has always been a staple in my house, but I have never thought to add onion or garlic powder. Will surely give this one a try. Grazie

May 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I've always wanted to make these - your pictures make it look easy! I think I'll give it a try.

May 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda S.

I am very satisfied with your yummy and crispy recipe!

May 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSunjida

They look very tempting and delicious. I love these tasty looking straws. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

May 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Elaine, yours is just one of two food blogs I subscribe to, and this recipe is just one of the many reasons! (I have a batch of these in the fridge waiting to go into the oven as I write.)

I have a friend from Sweden who has always made this type of appetizer over the years for parties and I could never quite reach what she created. Now I have, and I can't believe it's as easy as it is. (I never thought to add garlic or onion before.)

This past November when I returned to the States for a visit, and to vote, I dropped into Penzey's and was gifted with a little jar of their Berbere North African seasoning for having bought a few other items. Well, when I was making my second batch of these, on impulse (your having unleashed the creative monster in me), I added about 1/16 of a tsp of the hot spicy seasoning and my guests were doubly wowed.

Thanks so much for sharing this and all your many recipes so generously. (My friends in France still regularly ask for your pumpkin roulade, which I make with my homemade butternut squash puree.) Thank you!!

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSiobhan

From The Italian Dish:

Siobhan: Thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed them! I like the idea of adding some spicy seasoning to them. Maybe I'll do that next time!

June 11, 2017 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

This has always been a staple in my house, but I have never thought to add onion or garlic powder. Will surely give this one a try....Thank you so much sharing this post..

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercake online kanpur

This food is very delicious. I would like to taste this.

September 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Cant wait to try these. love The Italian Blog

January 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha

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