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Easy Cheese Straws (Pailles au fromage)

Easy Cheese Straws (Pailles au fromage)

These crowd-pleasing cheese straws are super easy to make and look stunning as part of a cocktail hour spread. Vary the cheeses and flavorings to create a different snack every time!

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These cheese straws will not only look stunning as part of your cocktail hour spread, but they will disappear in no time! Great news: they’re super easy to make and you can easily double or triple the recipe to make a bigger batch, if you’re serving them to a larger group. Simply bake them in batches watch them fly off the serving plate!

Easy Cheese Straws (Pailles au fromage) // FoodNouveau.com

Cheese straws might look intricate to make, but they come together very quickly and easily. They’re a fun project to do with kids: don’t worry about crooked cheese straws! The rustic look of cheese straws is part of their charm. All you need to worry about is to pack as much flavor into the straws as you can, so if some of the flavorings remain on your working surface as you transfer the cheese straws to the baking sheets, make sure to pick up every last bit of it and sprinkle it over the straws before baking.

Cheese straws before baking // FoodNouveau.com

Cheese straws after baking // FoodNouveau.com

Helpful Tips for Making Cheese Straws

  • Use the best quality puff pastry you can afford: Since these cheese straws come together with so few ingredients, it’s important to select tasty ones to work with. I recommend using 100% butter puff pastry for the best flavor and the flakiest texture.
  • Play with different cheeses: Flavorful, hard, aged cheeses work best in cheese straws, but from there, you can use any cheese you like best. Gruyère and Comté are two classic French picks, but I often make cheese straws with Parmesan, because I always have that cheese on hand. You can also use aged Cheddar, Swiss, and so on.
  • Vary the flavorings: I love combining Gruyère or Comté cheeses with walnuts because the nuts enhance the naturally nutty notes delivered by the cheeses. If, for any reason, you can’t or don’t want to use nuts, you can use finely chopped, pitted olives, fresh or dried herbs, or seeds such as poppy or sesame seeds. Sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for a delightful flavor punch!
  • …Or keep it simple: If you’re short on time or ingredients and only have cheese on hand, no worries: You can also quite simply omit any additional flavorings and only use cheese as a garnish! The resulting snack will be every bit as addictive and delightful as it should be.

Easy Cheese Straws (Pailles au fromage) // FoodNouveau.com

 

 

Easy Cheese Straws (Pailles au fromage) // FoodNouveau.com

Easy Cheese Straws

These crowd-pleasing cheese straws are super easy to make and look stunning as part of a cocktail hour spread. Vary the cheeses and flavorings to create a different snack every time!
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Resting Time:15 mins
Servings 24 cheese straws
Author Marie Asselin, FoodNouveau.com

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry (preferably 100%butter), defrosted if frozen
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup finely grated Gruyère, Comté, or any other hard, flavorful cheese (aged Cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss, and so on)
  • 2 tbsp very finely chopped or ground walnuts (optionalsee clever tip)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a clean working surface, roll out the sheet of puff pastry. Gently press the puff pastry flat, keeping the wrapping paper at the back to prevent the pastry from sticking to your working surface.
  • Brush the pastry all over with the egg yolk. Sprinkle with the cheese and walnuts, then generously season with black pepper. Gently press the garnishes down onto the pastry.
  • Using a pizza wheel or a very sharp knife, slice the sheet into two rectangles, then slice each rectangle into thin ½-in (1 cm) strips. Gently pick up 1 strip and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. As you set the strips down, twist the ends in opposite directions to tightly spiral the straws. Repeat to create all straws. Pick up the garnishes that have fallen off the straws during the process and carefully sprinkle them back over the twisted straws.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The cheese straws are ready when they are puffed, deep golden brown, and dry to the touch.
  • Transfer the sheet to a rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  • SERVING: Serve the cheese straws cool or warm.
  • STORAGE: Cheese straws are best enjoyed the day they’re made, but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Warming up the straws in a 300°F (150°C) oven for 5 minutes will make them super crispy again.
  • CLEVER TIP: Don't want to or can't use nuts? You can substitute finely chopped, pitted olives, fresh or dried herbs, or seeds such as poppy or sesame seeds. Sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for a delightful flavor punch!

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Resting Time: 15 mins

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  1. 5 stars
    I always buy cheese straws in my local bakery. But look how easy this is to make at home. I’ll bake them tonight for our family movie night. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Cheese straws look and taste so elegant that everyone assumes they’re complicated to make! But if you can get your hands on quality all-butter flaky pastry, they’re a breezy. And thankfully so, because they get devoured so fast, you’ll need to make a second batch asap!

    • These cheese straws are so versatile! This is why I love them so much (and make them so often!) They’re perfect with charcuteries, dips, or indeed, with even more cheese!!

    • Kids do love cheese straws! My son devours these straws so quickly I need to watch over the trays I make for guests, otherwise, they disappear before the guest arrive 😅