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Quick and Easy Cheese Straws

Always a cocktail party favorite, these cheese straws are made easy by frozen puffed pastry. They are made kid friendly by using their favorite cheeses and non-assertive spices. These cheese straws can be made up to 48 hours in advance and reheated by baking in a 425 degree oven for five minutes.

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
1 teaspoon crumbled Italian spices
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash cayenne pepper
1 thawed puff pastry sheet(1/2 package frozen puff pastry sheets)
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon coarse salt (optional)

Place two oven racks in the middle of the oven, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and heavily grease two baking sheets. In a small bowl toss together the cheeses, Italian spices, garlic powder, and cayenne. In another bowl, beat the egg with the water until light and frothy. Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and with a well floured rolling pin, roll the pastry into a 16 X 10 inch rectangle. Cut the pastry into two 8 X 10 rectangles. Brush each rectangle liberally with the egg mixture. Sprinkle the cheese mixture on one of the rectangles, then top with the other sheet of pastry, making sure to align the rectangles evenly. Firmly press the pastry down to form a tight seal. Brush the pastry with additional egg wash and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel cut the pastry into 8 inch by 1/4 inch shapes. Place the straws about an inch apart on baking sheets and bake in batches for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 40 cheese straws.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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