ladonna gundersenBy LaDonna Gundersen
Don’t let the delicate look of these hors d’oeuvres fool you. A touch of cayenne gives them a hint of heat that makes them a tasty accompaniment to a pre-dinner cocktail party.  You will be amazed with how quickly they disappear!

Cheese Straws

Makes 20
Roll out each sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board until it’s 10 by 12-inches.  Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and  brush  the  surface  of the pastry. Sprinkle each sheet evenly with ¼ cup of Parmesan, ½ cup of the cheddar, 1 teaspoon of the thyme, ½ teaspoon of the salt and some of the cayenne pepper.
With the rolling pin, lightly press the flavorings into the puff pastry. With the long side closest to you, using a floured knife or pizza wheel, cut each sheet in half vertically. Then cut each sheet horizontally into five 1-inch strips. Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned and puffed. Turn each straw and bake for another 2 minutes. Don’t over bake or the cheese will burn. Cool and serve at room temperature.

INGREDIENTS

2 sheets (1 box)  frozen puff pastry defrosted overnight in the refrigerator
1  large egg
½ cup  Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup  sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, minced
1 teaspoon  sea salt
1/8 teaspoon  ground cayenne or to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.


Recipe excerpt from My Tiny Alaskan Oven,  by La Donna Gundersen
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