Pistachio-Parmesan Cheese Straws!



If you’re anything like me, when you have a big celebration meal you like to serve bread at the table, but oftentimes it’s just too filling.

So instead, what I like to do is make cheese straws. They’re light and tasty, not  filling, but satisfy that bread urge.  Best of all they’re simple to make.

This is how I prepare them, but feel free to change the recipe to suit your taste.  These can be prepared ahead of time and sealed up in a zip lock baggy until ready to serve.

Place cheese straws in a glass jar or vase on the dining room table for all to indulge.

Parmesan-Pistachio Cheese Straws


1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped toasted pistachios
1 tbsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. coarse sea salt
1 package frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1 large egg, lightly beaten


1. Stir the Parmesan cheese, pistachios, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl to blend.

2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.



3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each sheet of puff pastry dough until 1/8-inch thick.  Brush dough with some egg and sprinkle evenly with Pistachio-Parmesan mixture.   Then sprinkle sea salt over the entire surface.

4. Cut dough into 1/8-inch wide strips using a pizza wheel, and transfer strips to  prepared baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart.

5. Working with 1 strip at a time, twist each strip to form a spiral. (I forgot to shoot that photo with so many standing and talking to me in the kitchen. Hope this photo below gives you the idea.)



6. Freeze or refrigerate strips until they are very cold.

7. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450F degrees.

8. Bake cheese straws, rotating halfway through until they are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

So simple and delicious.  Serve in place of bread or even as an appetizer.

Perfect for the holidays!