As my mother-in-law was thinking about the ChristmasDay menu the idea came that the adults should bring something they like or are really good at cooking. I am no chef and up until last year I didn't even really enjoy cooking. I searched for easy side dishes, but thought that an appetizer would be fun to bring. I don't often share my cooking with others so IF I do this will be one of the first times.
I searched online and then found a recipe while watching the food network. I love watching Pioneer Woman on the Food Network. Iguess I love the way she is not afraid to use butters and cheeses and food normal families would have available. On this episode she was using puff pastry to make a variety of foods. One of the foods was Cheese Straws. They couldn't have looked better-flaky yummy puff pastry, cheddar cheese and parmasean cheese.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package, such as Pepperidge Farm), thawed
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 cup grated Cheddar
1 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 large egg
Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Lightly roll out the sheet of pastry into a 10-by-12-inch rectangle, then brush with the melted butter. Sprinkle over the Cheddar, cayenne and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Using the rolling pin, press the cheese into the pastry. Cut the pastry into 12 strips. Twist each strip about 5 times and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Mix together the egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl, brush the strips with the mixture and sprinkle over the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until golden brown and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond