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Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws

Ingredients :

2 sheets (1 box) Frozen Puff Pastry (I used Pepperidge)
1 Egg
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese
1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dusting

Method :

Let the puff pastry thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 400°F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Open each sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board or counter top.
Beat the egg with 1 tbsp of water and brush the surface of the pastry.
Sprinkle each sheet evenly with salt, pepper, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, 1/2 cup of the Gruyere, and 1/2 tsp of the thyme.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the cheese. Using the rolling pin, press the cheese mixture into the pastry.
Remove the sheet of parchment and cut each puff pastry sheet crosswise with a floured knife or pizza wheel into 11 or 12 strips.
Twist each strip several times, and then lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 10 mins to 12 mins, or they are until golden brown and puffed.
Turn each straw and bake for another 2 minutes
Don’t over-bake or the cheese will burn. Cool and serve at room temperature.

 

Note : Don’t let puff pastry thaw too much, just enough that you can open the sheet. The colder the puff pastry, the more easier it is to twist the strips.
Twisting each strip of puff pastry can be tricky, refer to this video, if you need help : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJBHKhO-dFM

*If you feel, that each strip is too long and difficult to twist. Cut each strip into two and then twist. You will have double the amount of cheese straws 🙂

* If you don’t want to use egg wash, you can use olive oil instead.

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Vegetable Puffs

Vegetable Puffs

Ingredients:

2 Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets (I used Pepperidge)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp curry powder(or garam masala powder)
1/2 capsicum (green pepper), thinly sliced
1/4 cup corn kernels
1 Egg
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste

Method:

Thaw the puff pastry sheets for 40 minutes at room temperature (or as per the packet instructions)
Dust the board with little bit of all purpose flour and spread the puff pastry sheet, it prevents from sticking to the board.
One pastry sheet will have 3 columns, so cut into 9 pieces by splitting the column first and then rows. You would finally get 9 squares.
Meanwhile, in a pan heat oil, add onions, green chilies and saute till the onions become transperant.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute for another minute. Add capiscum, corn kernels, red chili powder, turmeric powder and curry powder.
Mix nicely. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Do not forget to stir often to prevent it from burning.
Remove from heat and keep aside to cool. This is the filling.
Using a spoon, scoop in enough filling in each of the pastry sheet squares and fold in a desired shape (rectangle or triangle).
Close the edges carefully with hand or you can use a fork to give it a nice edged shape.
Prepare egg wash by whisking a egg with about 1 tbsp water.
Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Place the sealed puffs in a baking sheet, lined with aluminum foil.
Brush eggs wash on the top of each puff, and bake for 10 minutes at 400 °F or until they become nice golden in color.
Once the puffs are out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to rest and cool down for 5 minutes.
Serve warm with or without ketchup.

Tips:

*The filling for the puffs is very flexible. Use any vegetable,meat and spice combination for the Puffs.
*Do not over fill the pastry as you will not be able to close the edges.
*The egg wash gives the puffs, a nice glazed look and color. If you don’t eat egg, you can use milk instead of  the egg wash.

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