The other day my hubby was fixing a leak in our A/C unit and my little Morgane was playing with her dolls. I had nothing to do- I headed for the kitchen. This is usually always what I turn to when I have nothing to do. I opened up the freezer and found a lonely box of puff pastry that needed to be used up. I didn't feel like having anything sweet, so I had to think for a minute what I could do. Then I remembered seeing an episode or special where Ina Garten goes to London and buys cheese straws at a farmer's market. It was so simple to make and they looked really tasty. I didn't even need a recipe- you don't either, just some basic instructions.
They turned out to be a great little snack and only lasted a few minutes fresh out of the oven. I am lucky I got to snap a few pictures!
- Thawed puff pastry (one sheet)
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (anything you'd like, I used cheddar)
- flour (for dusting)
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs water
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
When the puff pastry sheet is thawed, unfold and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll out so the the seams of the folds are no longer visible and is roughly a 10" x 10" square.
Whisk together the egg and water to create an egg wash. Brush the puff pastry pretty liberally with the egg wash so that the cheese will stick. Then sprinkle the cheese over the pastry and slightly press down with your fingers just to make sure the cheese will stick.
Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut strips from top to bottom of the pastry, about an inch apart. Then move the strips onto your parchment lined baking sheet and pop in the oven for 18-20 minutes, just until golden brown.