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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cheese Twists

Nothing could be simpler than these excellent cheese twists. They're perfect for a party or appetizer and take less than 15 minutes to make! You can really do these with just about anything you like. This version is inspired by a quick recipe that Theresa over at posted in one of the discussions.

The recipe is very simple:

2 sheets of frozen puff pastry dough
2 tbls. butter, melted
grated Parmesan cheese
grated sharp Cheddar cheese
kosher salt
course ground pepper
1 large egg
2 tbls. water

Thaw puff pastry sheets. Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter in small dish and brush melted butter on puff pastry. Grate Parmesan and Cheddar cheese and spread over buttered puff pastry. Sprinkle with kosher salt and course ground pepper and bit of cayenne. Pat down cheeses and spices.

Slice pastry sheet into strips and twist each strip in opposite directions to form a spiral. Press down ends of dough slightly to hold down during baking.

Mix together egg and water in small bowl for egg wash. Brush wash over pastry spirals and sprinkle a bit of kosher salt over the spirals.

Bake at 400° for about 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese has melted, dough has puffed and become golden. Allow to cool then remove to a plate or stand spirals upright in a large glass or vase.


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