These fun Garlic Parmesan Cheese Straws are perfect as an appetizer or bread side! Pastry dough is packed with cheese and garlic for a tasty yet airy breadstick.
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Full disclosure, cheese straws are new to me. I do not recall ever coming across them.
But when I learned that it was pastry dough topped with savory toppings like cheese and baked, I was sold.
Twist my arm.
One of my favorite classic pairings of flavor is Parmesan cheese and garlic. Especially when it comes to Italian food.
So I knew that Garlic Parmesan Cheese Straws would be an amazing appetizer or side bread recipe.
These Garlic Parmesan Cheese Straws are much lighter than your classic Italian breadstick.
The pastry dough makes it almost airy, similar to how a doughnut could be considered airy. It is the puff pastry that makes them so light!
I mean, it is still dough and covered in cheese, but not as dense as bread.
A cheese straws recipe is incredibly easy to make.
Just top the dough with the toppings, press it all in, and cut into strips.
Then twist them and bake them off until they are puffed up and golden.
They make a great appetizer or snacking food for parties and holiday events in addition to as a side bread item for meals.
Serve them up with some dipping sauces like a quick homemade honey mustard sauce.
The Garlic Parmesan Cheese Straws do become very fragile, so be gentile once baked!
You could also try this with a pizza dough or another dense dough like crescents, but the end result will be much thicker and heavier. But still delicious!
- Preheat oven to 425F with two racks, one in upper middle and one in lower middle positions.
- Lay the pastry dough on a silicone baking mat or another nonstick surface like parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the cheese, garlic powder, and salt across the dough.
- Lay another silicone baking mat or piece of parchment on top. Use a rolling pin and press the toppings into the dough while also rolling the dough into a 10 inch square.
- Remove the top layer of parchment or silicone mat.
- Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 12 strips, just over 3/4 inch wide.
- Hold one end of the dough while gently twisting the other end to make a twisted spiral.
- Place the twisted dough on a baking sheet that is lined with more parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Repeat with all pieces of dough,, laying them approximately 1 inch apart (6 per baking sheet).
- Place the bread straws in the oven and bake until puffed up and starting to turn a golden brown, approximately 10 minutes. If the top pan is browning faster, flip the top and bottom pans half way through baking.