Mom makes this quite regularly for an appetizer – kids LOVE them – and she found the recipe somewhere on the internet. There are dozens of versions, but these worked great – enjoy!
Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
1 egg white lightly beaten
paprika for color
cayenne to taste
1 c. + finely grated strong cheese like old cheddar, Parmesan or Asiago
Preheat the oven to 375 and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment (I thought the twists would hold better if I ‘stuck’ each end to a bare pan…not the best idea). Brush the surface of a sheet of pastry with a bit of egg white, sprinkle with paprika and cayenne if using and then cover all with a good half cup of grated cheese. Use a rolling pin to gently push the cheese into the pastry.
Cut the pastry into even, 1/2-inch strips, then gently twist each strip a couple of times. Lay them onto your prepped baking sheets and when you’re ready, bake for about 10 minutes until the straws are golden and the cheese is melted, then remove them to a rack to cool. Repeat with as much pastry as you’d like, but these really are the tastiest the day they’re made.