If you love classic cheese straws and also enjoy a bit of heat in your food, these Habanero Cheddar Straws are perfect for you! Not only will this cheese straws recipe come in handy when you’re craving a savory cheese snack, but it makes an excellent appetizer for game night or any other gathering with friends and family members. You’ll be delighted with the elevated taste ground cumin and grated Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar bring to this recipe.
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1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed and unfolded
6 ounces Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar, finely grated (about 1½ cups)
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons water
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PLACE the oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or coat with nonstick spray.
ON a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to lengthen the puff pastry sheet to about 18 inches.
TOSS together grated Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar and ground cumin in a small bowl. Lightly brush the pastry sheet with some of the beaten egg and then sprinkle evenly with half of the cheese.
TOP pastry with a large sheet of plastic wrap and press the surface lightly to embed cheese in pastry. Invert pastry and plastic wrap. Brush the new surface with egg wash and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
PICK up one short side of the pastry and fold lengthwise in thirds, like a letter. Discard plastic wrap. Lightly dust the top and bottom of the strip with flour. With the rolling pin, lengthen the strip to about 18 inches.
CUT strip crosswise into ¼-inch strips. Arrange strips ½ inch apart on baking sheets, twisting twice before placing on a sheet and pressing lightly to keep from untwisting.
BAKE in the upper third of the oven for 12 to 18 minutes or until well browned and crisp, watching carefully toward the end. Let cool, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Recrisp in 350°F oven before serving, if desired.
For another cheesy, easy appetizer, make our Cabot Cheddar Cheese Crisps recipe next. Cabot is a co-operative of farm families, and we work hard to produce our award-winning dairy products. We’d love to hear your feedback on this cheese straws recipe. If you have a chance, please rate and review it!
These cheese straws are excellent and have a good amount of heat! Much easier to make with the frozen pastry than from scratch and I think they taste better.