Wednesday, December 2, 2009

parmesan puff pastry breadsticks

don't these make you want to jump up right now and whip up a batch?

ok so i have a thing for bread. namely, bread with cheese on it, in the form of a stick that can easily be shoved into my mouth. i made these as an appetizer for thanksgiving and they were everything i hoped for: light and airy so i could consume large amounts without even knowing!

the original recipe for these comes from good ol' paula dean found here. but since i know some of you are a little particular on following links (liz, cough), i will post the whole recipe here too.

1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
1 cup freshly grated parmesan (yes it must be FRESH! dust off your grater)
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup butter, melted

(i actually had to double all of the ingredients to cover a whole package of pastry sheets).

preheat oven to 400 degrees. lightly grease a baking sheet (i used parchment paper for easier cleanup).

on a lightly floured surface, unfold pastry sheets (i just used one of our cutting mats). cut each sheet into 13 strips, about 3/4 by 10-inches apiece.

in a shallow dish, combine cheese, basil, and garlic. brush pastry sticks with melted butter on both sides. roll pastry in cheese mixture, lighly coating each side. gently twist pastry sticks, and place on a prepared baking sheet. bake for 12 minutes. remove to wire racks to cool.

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