Cheese straws are an all-time favourite party food with most people. Forget dainty and delicate canapés that don’t even touch the sides upon eating them; most people won’t be able to resist these crispy, crumbly and cheesy sticks of thinly cut puff pastry.
The best cheese straws are made with a strong, hard cheese and are full of flavour. A really mature Cheddar would be the most obvious choice but you can also flavour them with Emmenthal, Parmesan, Red Leicester or any other strong, hard cheese to your taste.
To bring out the flavour of the cheese a spice such as cayenne pepper or paprika is often added, which also gives the straws that extra heated kick. You can also try mustard powder, chilli powder or simply just salt and black pepper if you prefer.
If making your own puff pastry it is easier to incorporate the cheese without it falling out all over the place, however, if using ready-made pastry, which many would prefer, you may have to roll it out, sprinkle it with cheese, fold it up, roll it out again and repeat this several times in order to evenly incorporate the cheese into the pastry.
There are many varied recipes for cheese straws, as this appetiser can be easily adapted to suit different people’s tastes.
Below we have included a number of recipes that we think you will enjoy.
Cheesy pastry straws
Serves: 4-6 persons
- 55 g (2 oz) of butter
- 55 g (2 oz) of grated Cheddar cheese
- pinch of mustard powder
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
In a bowl rub the flour, mustard powder, salt and butter together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the cheese and mix together.
Add a little cold water and combine until the mixture develops into a smooth dough.
Roll out the pastry into a rectangle shape as thinly as possible onto a lightly floured surface.
Glaze the pastry with the beaten egg.
Cut the pastry into strips 2 inches long and ¼ inch wide.
Arrange onto a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack before serving.