← Back to Search Results baking American, New England
vermont-farmhouse-cheddar-cheese-straws

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

It’s the spicy and sharp flavor of traditionally made farmhouse Cheddars that delivers the deep, rich taste of these crisp cheese straws. The small state of Vermont has a long history of making Cheddar cheese by the traditional methods of the English. Vermont cheese maker Cabot makes wonderful Cheddars; the Clothbound Cheddar is a personal favorite. In fact, this cheese, the joint effort of Cabot Creamery and Jasper Hill Farms, won the Best of Show award from the American Cheese Society in 2006.

This recipe doubles easily for 60 straws.

Yield : Makes 30 cheese straws

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough (from a 17.3-ounce package)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • All purpose flour for dusting
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 2 teaspoons water

Directions

Remove 1 pastry sheet from the package and let thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes. Tightly seal the remaining pastry and freeze for another use.

Position one rack in the center and a second rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425°F. Have ready 2 rimmed baking sheets, preferably nonstick. For pans without a nonstick finish, line the pans with parchment paper or use Silpat mats.

In a small bowl, mix together the cheese, chives, thyme, pimenton, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

Unfold the pastry sheet and place it on a lightly floured cutting board. If there are any cracks in the pastry, gently pinch them closed. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll over the pastry gently, just enough to remove the fold marks, and then roll it out into a 10-by-15-inch rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise to form two 5-by-15-inch rectangles. Brush each piece with the egg wash. Arrange 1 piece of the dough with the long side, facing you and distribute the cheese filling evenly over it. Place the second piece of dough, egg wash side down, on top of the cheese, lining up the edges evenly. Using the rolling pin, press the sheets together to secure the cheese firmly between the layers, especially at the edges. Using a sharp knife or pizza wheel, cut the filled and pressed pastry crosswise into 30 strips, each ½-inch wide. Working with 1 strip at a time, twist 3 times and lay the cheese straw on a baking sheet, pressing down the ends firmly to keep it from untwisting during baking. Continue to twist and arrange the remaining strips, placing them 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.

Bake for 8 minutes, switch the position of the baking sheets, and continue to bake until the cheese straws are puffed, golden brown, and crisp about 4 to 6 minutes longer. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Do Ahead:

The cheese straws can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in a lock-top plastic bag or an airtight container at room temperature. The day of serving, arrange the cheese straws on a rimmed baking sheet and crisp them for 7 to 10 minutes in a preheated 375°F oven.


© 2008 Diane Morgan

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 15 servings.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

128kcal (6%)
92mg (4%)
8g
0g
9g (14%)
0g
3g (16%)
4g
1g
22mg (7%)
0g
4g
6mg
26mg
28mcg RAE (1%)
0mg (0%)
59mg (6%)
1mg (3%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

gluten-free-and-vegan-holidays Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays
by Jennifer Katzinger
a-new-way-to-cook A New Way to Cook
by Sally Schneider
jacques-torres-a-year-in-chocolate-80-recipes-for-holidays-and-special-occasions Jacques Torres' A Year in C...
by Judith Choate, Jacques Torres
the-splendid-tables-how-to-eat-weekends The Splendid Table's How to...
by Sally Swift, Lynne Rosetto Kasper
flavor Flavor
by Rocco DiSpirito
once-upon-a-tart-soups-salads-muffins-and-more-from-new-york-citys-favorite-bakeshop-and-cafe Once Upon a Tart: Soups, Sa...
by Frank Mentesana, Jerome Audureau
good-to-the-grain Good to the Grain
by Kim Boyce
lucid-food Lucid Food
by Louisa Shafia
the-south-american-table-the-flavor-and-soul-of-authentic-home-cooking-from-patagonia-to-rio-de-janeiro-with-450-recipes The South American Table: T...
by Maria Baez Kijac
chez-panisse-fruit Chez Panisse Fruit
by Alice Waters
the-bread-bible The Bread Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Already a member? Click here to Log In
close

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new Cookstr features and tools







By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
Spinner
New to Cookstr? Click here to Sign Up
close


Forgot your password? Click here
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?