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Lemon-and-Black-Pepper Cheese Straws

Yield 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 148
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 0 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • sodium 215 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold pastry sheet onto a lightly floured work surface. Combine cheese, zest and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over half of pastry sheet, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Fold other half over cheese mixture. Flour a rolling pin and roll pastry to a 14-by-7-inch rectangle. Cut crosswise into 3/8 -inch strips.

  2. Twist each strip 4 or 5 times. Place on 2 ungreased baking sheets, pressing down on ends to keep strips twisted. Bake until golden brown (rotate pans halfway through), 11 to 13 minutes. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes. Remove straws; set aside until fully cooled. (Cheese straws will keep for several days in an airtight container.)

Also appeared in: All You, November, 2006;