My children have discovered puff pastry now and fancy themselves as gourmet cooks! I think puff pastry makes everything seem gourmet. Growing up, puff pastry dishes were the ones you ate out of the house, because you didn’t make it at home. Imagine my joy when I discovered puff pastry sheets a few years ago and since then they are a pantry staple. I always have a few boxes of it in my refrigerator to whip up something at a moment’s notice.
My refrigerator is always stocked with the Trader Joe’s puff pastry. I love this product especially since it is made with just five ingredients: flour, butter, salt, sugar, and water. The flavor YUM – is so rich and buttery that you can just eat the cooked puff pastry without any filling or topping. That is exactly how we eat it at home more often than not!
When a snack recipe attempt for my daughter’s preschool failed miserably in the morning, I whipped up a batch of freshly baked puff pastry cheese straws for the kids!
Making puff pastry cheese straws takes about 40 minutes but the active hands on time is about 5-10 minutes. You first need to thaw the puff pastry and that takes 5-10 minutes. It takes about 15 – 20 minutes of baking time.
The middle part is the fun part where you can add whatever you want to the puff pastry sheets. Hence, here’s my problem right now, I don’t really have a recipe for these cheese straws as the amount of cheese I add depends on what sort of a mood we are in. Sometimes I will add ½ cup of cheese per 8×8 puff ( 1 sheet of Trader Joe’s Artisan Puff Pastry) and sometimes I add 1 cup of cheese. Sometimes I add grated parmesan, other times I add cheddar and when we are adventurous we add a blend a 4 cheeses. So I guess what I am saying is that you can add whatever you want to the cheese sticks and you can’t go wrong.
Once I sprinkle the cheese on top of the puff pastry, I cut into strips of my desired thickness and I twist each of them into spiral shapes and place about 1 inch apart from one another on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Pre-heat the oven to 425 F and bake your cheese straws for approximately 15 minutes.