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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Almost Instant Cheese Straw Breadsticks
Almost Instant Cheese Straw Breadsticks

There are a handful of food products which I always keep in stock in my kitchen. Some are staples, like canned tuna fish, from which I can quickly make a meal; or real cream for my coffee. Others are ingredients that I frequently use in other dishes, such as Better Than Bouillon chicken base, which can quickly make small amounts of very decent chicken broth for use in stir fries, pan sauces, and other recipes.

Then there are those items that I keep on hand and may not use for months, but when I do use them, the results are spectacular. Frozen puff pastry is one of those ingredients.

I always keep a box in my freezer for various uses, but my favorite is this easy recipe for wonderful cheese straw breadsticks. This old standby has come in handy on many occasions. I’ve served them as snacks with drinks, as accompaniments to soups, and instead of bread with many a meal. And they are very easily made with only three ingredients that I have on hand at all times.

But even better than the ease with which they are made is how special they are.
They are as impressive as a beautiful woman. They are long and elegant, like her legs. They’re quite attractive too, with their burnished good looks. When bitten, they shatter into flaky melt-in-the-mouth pieces. And their addictive flavor makes you go for another bite.

Almost Instant Cheese Straw Breadsticks

The short cooling period is really important because they get crisper as they cool.

1 package of frozen puff pastry
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend

Defrost the puff pastry according to the package directions (it takes about 45 minutes). Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place a large piece of wax paper on the counter and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Unroll half of the puff pastry (the pastry comes in two pieces) and place on top of the cheese. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on the top of the pastry and then sprinkle with some Mrs. Dash seasoning.

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, pressing the cheese into it, to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Cut the pastry into twelve long 1/2-inch wide strips (a pizza cutter does this easily). Give each strip several twists, and place them 1/2 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry.

Bake until golden, about ten minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Yield: about 24 large straws.

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